About Oxford Road Corridor

Oxford Road Corridor is a world-class knowledge quarter that transforms lives through research, innovation skills and education. A place where knowledge, business and culture thrive.

Stretching out south from St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre, the Oxford Road Corridor has a unique concentration of knowledge, business and cultural assets. Within one square mile are two of the UK’s leading universities, the UK’s largest NHS foundation trust, and an extensive cluster of digital, technology and life science businesses.

The Oxford Road Corridor is home to 42,000 residents, 7,100 businesses, 81,000 students and 86,000 employees. The area accounts for 50% of Manchester’s life science businesses and 50% of Greater Manchester’s innovation assets.

Many of Manchester’s iconic music venues, auditoriums and exhibition spaces are based within the knowledge quarter alongside a thriving nightlife and an abundance of cafés, restaurants and bars.

The Oxford Road Corridor is overseen by a partnership comprising both The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester City Council, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Bruntwood, Manchester Science Partnerships, HOME, Royal Northern College of Music and representation from many of Manchester’s leading cultural institutions. A collaborative ethos enables the Oxford Road Corridor to capture opportunities and bring exciting projects to fruition.

Aerial view of Oxford Road corridor

Our Board is Chaired by Professor Malcolm Press and other members include: Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Bev Craig, Esme Ward, Chris Oglesby, Professor Linda Merrick, Pat Bartoli, and Darren Banks.

Oxford Road Corridor provides funding for the development of an improved design of arterial sheaths.

Our Executive is Chaired by Diana Hampson and other members include; Michael Stephenson, Angela Harrington and Claire Robinson.

Our Partners

We partner with two world-leading universities, the city council, NHS Foundation Trust, Bruntwood, an international conservatoire & representation from the city’s leading cultural institutions.


Oxford Road is the heart of Manchester’s knowledge economy, specialising in life sciences, advanced materials, and creative industries.


The Corridor is home to a high value business base with a concentration of life sciences, advanced materials and digital businesses.

A golden mummy from Manchester Museum one of the culture offerings on Oxford Road

A vibrant nightlife and home to many of the city’s most iconic music venues, theatre spots and high-end cultural offerings such as the Whitworth, HOME and RNCM.

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September 2023 Work begins on £42m, 125,000 sq ft CityLabs 4.0

Work begins on CityLabs 4.0, bringing specialist lab space to Oxford Road Corridor’s internationally significant health innovation campus.

September 2023 The Pankhurst Centre and Manchester University NHS Trust mark history with the exchange of a suffragette sash

A small but significant ceremony has taken place between the Pankhurst Centre and Manchester University NHS Trust that reflects an important historical agreement between the two organisations.

July 2023 Public consultation launches for new £1.7bn innovation district ID Manchester

Images of the illustrative masterplan for Manchester’s trailblazing new city centre innovation district have been revealed.

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