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Biomedical research centre slated for north London

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given a greenlight to plans to build Europe’s largest biomedical research centre in Camden, north London.

Plans for the 8,400 sq m centre were submitted by the UKCMRI Consortium, consisting of Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council and University College London.

The biomedical laboratory and cancer centre will accommodate 1,200 researchers and 300 support staff as well as incorporating educational activities such as school visits and demonstrations, and will be named the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation. The plans include a lecture theatre, exhibition space and teaching laboratory, while at the same time regenerating an overlooked part of London’s urban realm.

In a letter to Camden Council today, the Mayor confirmed he was content to sign off approval on the proposal, which was previously granted by Camden Council in December 2010.

Mr Johnson said the laboratory and research institution, located in Brill Place, will become a world class facility for cancer research, securing 1,500 jobs, strengthening the capital’s reputation as centre for excellence for medical science and helping maintain its competitiveness in health education.

“This visionary new centre will become a beacon of excellence in the fight against fatal diseases, making a real difference to the treatment of patients,” he said.

“What is more, top class scientists from around the globe will be looking to London as a global centre for medical research, attracting the brightest and best scientific minds to the capital.

“I look forward to hearing about major medical breakthroughs stemming directly from the work of the scientists at this fabulous new facility.”

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