Manchester Eye Hospital Developers Set Sights on ┬ú21m Revamp
Manchester’s historic 19th century Royal Eye Hospital is set to undergo a ┬ú21m redevelopment to transform it into a leading research centre, following planning consent from Manchester City Council.
Permission has been granted for a full renovation of the historic red-brick building on Oxford Road, along with a new five-storey extension, which is being driven by property company and serviced office provider Bruntwood in conjunction with Manchester Science Parks.
The objective of the scheme is to create a new 100,000 sq ft biomedical centre that will bring healthcare firms, researchers and clinicians together, in what developers say will create a centre of excellence for ‘the life-saving treatments of tomorrow’.
Designed by Sheppard Robson architects, the scheme will feature office space, labs, teaching rooms and research facilities.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Bob Pearson, Medical Director of the Central Manchester Hospitals Trust, said: “The new centre will attract many companies who want to work with our top-class researchers and access facilities for clinical trials.
“This will speed up the pace of innovation in the NHS and lead to improved care and treatment for our patients. It will provide an ideal setting for greater research collaborations into disease areas that affect our community and will increase investment in healthcare businesses.”
Along with works to the building itself, which dates back to 1814, the project will also include a new pedestrian route connecting hospitals in the area, and will create a link between Oxford Road and Nelson Street.
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