Ground Level Shot From MCRC Cotton Lane
The Paterson building is slated to complete by the end of 2022. Credit: via The Christie

The Christie’s Paterson building to top out in September

Julia Hatmaker

Construction on the £150m cancer research centre off Withington’s Wilmslow Road is well underway, with eight of the ten storeys in place.

Interior fit on the scheme is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2022.

The Paterson development is funded jointly by The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK. Integrated Health Projects, a joint venture between Vinci and Sir Robert McAlpine, is the main contractor for the project.

The facility replaces the building that was heavily damaged by a fire in 2017. The new Paterson will be twice the size of its predecessor with more than 113,300 sq ft of laboratory space. There will also be 92,000 sq ft of consultant workspace for Cancer Research UK.

Exterior glass panels are in the midst of being installed, with the first going in during the last week of July. Those glass panels can weigh up to 600kg – roughly the weight of 4.5 refrigerators. They are approximately 16 ft by 6 ft in size.

Meanwhile, Imtech has been awarded a £34.5m contract for mechanical, electrical and public health services at the building. The company will use off-site manufacturing to create horizontal services modules and risers, as well as a large plantroom, which will be lifted into position onsite.

Imtech North West regional director Tony Walker said: “We are extremely proud to have secured this fantastic project which is of huge importance to the further research into cancer, providing clinicians and scientists with the space needed to work alongside each other.

“We are really excited to be working in partnership with IHP and further cementing our relationship.”

The Paterson building is expected to complete at the end of 2022. It should be operational during the first quarter of 2023. Approximately 780 staff will work there.

The professional team for the development includes architect BDP, planning consultant Turley, Faithful+Gould, Mace, and Arup.

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