Fri. Jun 9th, 2023

With the assistance of The University of Manchester, Bruntwood SciTech – one particular of the UK’s major home developers committed to the development of the science and technologies sector – is building the new 131,000 sq ft Greenheys facility inside Manchester Science Park, which sits at the heart of the city’s Oxford Road Corridor innovation district.

Kath Mackay, Director of Life Sciences at Bruntwood SciTech, mentioned: “Manchester is a planet-renowned hub for science and technologies, and the potential for UK Biobank to develop right here is testament to the high-quality of talent, innovation and assistance inside the city. The improvement of Greenheys represents the third phase of our masterplan to develop Manchester Science Park to a lot more than 1 million sq ft of cutting-edge life sciences and tech space which, critically, will assistance the creation of more than two,500 jobs as Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor continues to thrive.”

Relocation to the Greenheys web-site on Manchester Science Park gives UK Biobank with new possibilities for for collaboration with multi-disciplinary researchers and business. It will also present access to extra talent due to the proximity to major institutions operating across study, academia, business enterprise and the NHS. The move will also assistance the Government’s ambitions stated in the ‘Levelling Up’ White Paper to improve R&ampD spending outdoors the Higher Southeast by more than 40% by 2030, while retaining UK Biobank in the Higher Manchester region and contributing to the advancement of one particular of the UK’s most established life science and tech communities.

More than the course of the subsequent decade, UKRI’s infrastructure funding will assistance:

·       Improvement of the new objective-constructed facility at Manchester Science Park, positioned inside Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor (ORC). UK Biobank will occupy 3 floors of a new creating, to be constructed on the Greenheys web-site, which will property upgraded biological sample storage, processing laboratories and offices. The University of Manchester, Bruntwood SciTech[1] – a joint venture among Bruntwood and Legal &amp Basic – and the City of Manchester have worked with each other with UKRI and UK Biobank to create plans for the new facility, which is anticipated to break ground in Autumn 2023 and be operational in 2026, topic to arranging permission.

·       Replacement of UK Biobank’s outdated infrastructure with a a lot more contemporary robotic storage archive for its 16 million biological samples, offering capacity for future sample collections, quadrupling speed of retrieval to meet growing demand from worldwide researchers, and enhancing environmental efficiency.

·       Enhancement of UK Biobank’s information assets to broaden the dataset and strengthen tools for researchers and business. This will involve linking to additional well being records and socio-financial and environmental information. UK Biobank will be in a position to take benefit of public, philanthropic and business investment to undertake new sample collections, assays and other enhancements, obtaining previously been constrained by outdated infrastructure.

·       New hyperlinks with Manchester’s life and information sciences enterprise method, especially provided the proximity to The University of Manchester and its strength in development regions which includes AI, diagnostics, digital and biotechnology. The relocation will bring possibilities for UK Biobank and the University to stimulate innovation, well being influence and financial development. This partnership will also be pivotal to the neighborhood, regional and national life sciences ecosystem and the presence of their study and IP will assist foster new therapies and cures.

·       Improvement of a ‘Hub’ to engage with new and current collaborators and market academic, industrial and public well being hyperlinks in the Manchester area and beyond. With a unique concentrate on start off-up and SME engagement, generation of intellectual home will be encouraged by collaboration among UK Biobank, The University of Manchester, Bruntwood SciTech and its prospects and the NHS. Current organisations, which includes Well being Innovation Manchester, will foster collaboration among UK Biobank, researchers, business and the NHS so that new tests, therapies and merchandise can be accessed by the men and women of Higher Manchester more rapidly right here than in any other area.

The new scheme is topic to arranging approval by Manchester City Council. UK Biobank’s relocation is supported by Arcadis, the worldwide constructed atmosphere consultancy. Bruntwood SciTech’s facility style group is led by BDP Manchester with Silcock Leedham, DW Consulting, Walker Sime and Deloitte.

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