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Science park appoints masterplanners

New 10-year vision for Corridor site revealed

Published on January 5th 2011.


Science park appoints masterplanners

Architecture practice John McAslan + Partners (JMP) has been appointed as masterplanners for a revamped Manchester Science Parks (msp).

The masterplan will reshape msp’s 9.3 hectare Corridor site, creating 250,000 sq ft of new floor space for the growth of innovative companies, across industries such as digital media, biotechnology and IT. This will increase the total amount of lettable space at the site to 470,000 sq ft.

JMP’s design has nearly doubled the facility’s commercial space by improving the density of the Park, introducing seven new buildings through a phased development framework.

msp will also introduce an open public space at the heart of the development, creating a meeting point for research staff, academics and visitors.

The scheme occupies a site between the University of Manchester and the residential communities of Hulme, and msp is hopeful that reshaping it will ‘redefine relationships between educational, commercial and cultural institutions’, such as The University of Manchester and the Whitworth Art Gallery. The new masterplan is also designed to strengthen physical links between the msp and the hospitals, promoting collaborations between the institutions.

The masterplan is a key part of the vision set out by Corridor Manchester, the partnership set up to deliver economic growth and investment in the knowledge economy along the Oxford Road area of the city.

JMP’s masterplan will be delivered in a number of phases over the next 10 years. This staggered approach will allow the complex changes to be made with minimal disturbance to the existing facilities.

Tony Skipper, managing director of John McAslan + Partners, said: “Over the next few years, we will see Manchester Science Park become a much bigger part of city life. We are delighted to be working on such a prominent scheme that will reshape the ways in which Manchester’s leading institutions and resources will interlink and collaborate.”

Jane Davies, msp chief executive, said: “This is an extremely exciting development for Manchester Science Parks and we are pleased to have John McAslan + Partners on board as project masterplanners. The expansion of our Corridor site will bring innumerable benefits to both our tenants and the surrounding area and we are looking forward to this next stage in our evolution.”

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AnonymousJanuary 5th 2011.

Welcome plans but this should have happened ten years ago. MSP was one of the first science parks in the UK but most institutions worth their salt are now vigorously pursuing knowledge transfer and commercialisation.

It would also be nice to see plans for an expanded Technopark with proper links back to MSP across Princess Parkway and into Hulme.

I also hope that MSP continue to follow the enlightened approach of 'open' landscaping that characterises their existing campus rather than encircling it in horrible steel fencing that is so beloved of today's planners and design-out-crime officers.

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