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Bruntwood SciTech has commenced construction on CityLabs 4.0, a £42m, 125,000 sq ft specialist lab and office workspace at the Citylabs cluster to strengthen the internationally significant health innovation campus.
With the UK amid a significant shortage of lab space to support the demand and the burgeoning growth of the life sciences sector, Citylabs 4.0, located within Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s Oxford Road Campus, will offer world-leading, highly specialist space specifically designed to support companies working in precision medicine, including those in diagnostics, genomics, biotech, medtech and digital health.
The seven-storey development incorporates CL2 labs and specialist equipment infrastructure, including increased floor loading, enhanced cooling systems and ventilation provisions, and a large platform lift. Businesses here will also benefit from 100GB superfast connectivity, shared breakout spaces, internally secure cycle storage with showers and kit drying room, and access to the campus’ 150-person event space, multiple meeting rooms, cafes and supermarkets.
The campus, created in a joint venture partnership between Bruntwood SciTech and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, provides innovative life science and healthcare businesses with a unique opportunity to gain direct access and collaborate with the UK’s largest NHS Trust. As part of the support provided by the joint venture, businesses receive access to R&D and funding support, as well as opportunities, including joint clinical trials, sample supply, diagnostic collaborations and MedTech adoption, faster than anywhere else in the UK. They can also access the Oxford Road Corridor’s world-class talent and research capabilities of MFT, the University of Manchester, and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Citylabs is surrounded by some of the UK’s most eminent teaching hospitals, including the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary (with emergency helipad access), Saint Mary’s Hospital and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and is located in the heart of the city’s Oxford Road Corridor, home to 50% of the city’s life science businesses.
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