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Bruntwood SciTech reveals £60m Manchester Science Park expansion plans

The planned development, courtesy Bruntwood SciTech

Bruntwood SciTech has unveiled plans for a new £60m development at Manchester Science Park.

The joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General is seeking the go-ahead for an extra 131,000 sq ft of lab space next to the University of Manchester’s main campus, which could ultimately create over 2,500 jobs.

The plans represent the third phase of Bruntwood SciTech’s masterplan to grow the campus to one million sq ft following the completion of its purpose-built Industry 4.0 hub Base in July 2022.

The plans will see the Greenheys site will be redeveloped into a six-storey building designed for scaling life science businesses working in diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine.

Bruntwood SciTech said the new building would reduce fossil fuel consumption and be 100 per cent electric, with glare and heat gain reduced through a specially designed solar-shading façade and a green wall wrapped around the first two floors to increase biodiversity and improve air quality.

Manchester Science Park is already home to more than 150 SMEs and large businesses spanning biotech, precision medicine, diagnostics, digital health, cyber security, digital technology, medtech and light manufacturing.

Peter Crowther, property director at Bruntwood SciTech, said: “The future success of the UK life science sector is dependent on its many fast-growing and innovative businesses having access to the infrastructure they need, whether that be flexible, specialist workspace or facilitated direct connections into world-class R&D, talent or potential collaboration opportunities with like-minded businesses.

“We continue to demonstrate our long term commitment to the places and cities in which we operate, Manchester Science Park being an exemplar of this.”

A local team has been appointed to work with Bruntwood SciTech on the redevelopment of Greenheys, consisting of BDP Architects, planning consultancy from Deloitte, cost consultancy from Walker Sime, DW Consulting for Structures and Civils, and Silcock Leedham for MEP.

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