All systems go for City Labs

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A new show suite and hoardings are the latest marketing activities underway to support Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0, as the development picks up momentum.

Located in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District, Corridor Manchester, Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 will provide accommodation and support for health and medical technology companies. The show suite is located in the Blue Room in Citylabs 1.0 and the hoardings will be installed on Hathersage Road and on The Boulevard.

Citylabs, which provides biomedical centres of excellence, is a joint venture partnership between Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) and CMFT. The partners have already received a number of expressions of interest from potential occupiers after showcasing Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 through their targeted marketing efforts and presence at trade shows.

The planning application for Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 if approved, will boost Manchester’s economy by more than £100m and bring 750 jobs to the city. The development of an updated brochure profiling the benefits of being located at Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 is also in progress.

The first phase, the £25m Citylabs 2.0 development will comprise 92,000 sq ft of Grade A lab and office space. Subject to planning permission being granted, construction work will begin in autumn 2017, with completion expected in 2019.

The second phase, the £35 M Citylabs 3.0 will span 128,000 sq ft and integrate the development of new buildings with the Old Saint Mary’s Hospital, an existing listed Victorian building. Construction is due to be completed in 2021.

The project includes the restoration of a currently unused former chapel on the site, which is ear-marked for a café/ dining area with the potential for meeting room facilities.

The scheme also includes extensive external landscaping and the provision of new gardens for the enjoyment of patients and visitors and Citylabs customers. It comprises both new build and redevelopment of the Old Saint Mary’s Hospital building on the corner of Oxford Road and Hathersage Road.