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Bruntwood and msp appointed to Eye Hospital scheme

£21M development will create more than 400 jobs

Published on September 7th 2010.

Bruntwood and msp appointed to Eye Hospital scheme

A consortium of Bruntwood and Manchester Science Parks (msp) has been appointed as the preferred developer and operator for a £21m scheme to create a new 100,000 sq ft centre for bio-medical research in the former Manchester Royal Eye Hospital on Oxford Road.

Corridor Manchester, the regeneration partnership set up to oversee the development of that part of the city centre, said the new development, located on the campus of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Europe’s largest clinical academic campus, would provide ‘a unique opportunity to create a centre of international significance for the bio-medical sector’.

Jackie Potter, chief executive of Corridor Manchester, said: “This is an exciting signature project for the Corridor partnership. As well as delivering space for growing companies in the biomedical sector, the building will be a key hub for healthcare related research, education and R&D activity, stimulating the future growth and success of businesses in and around the Corridor.

“There was strong interest from a number of developers for this project and I welcome the appointment of Bruntwood and msp after a challenging competition.”

The scheme will see the building refurbished and extended to provide laboratory and business space, with a new glazed atrium providing networking space. Corridor said there was ‘strong interest’ in pre-lets of the development, which will be completed in summer 2012.

Corridor said the development would create 440 new jobs and add £60m per annum to Manchester’s income (GVA).

A full planning application is expected in the autumn, they aim to start on site this winter and a main start on site in the spring.

Chris Oglesby, chief executive of Bruntwood, said: “The development of the former Royal Eye Hospital is a great project for Bruntwood. We're looking forward to working with msp and using our development expertise to help the city fulfil its potential.”

The appointment of was made following a seven month competitive process managed by Corridor Manchester. The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NDWA) provided funding to support the development of the proposals and the process to select a private sector partner.

The Royal Eye Hospital site is owned by the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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