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Manchester's £60m Citylabs expansion set for green light

The next phase of Manchester’s £60m Citylabs science park project has been given a boost after planning officers backed the scheme for approval.

Manchester City Council planning officers have recommended that the 200,000 sq ft Citylabs 2.0 and Citylabs 3.0 development should be given the green light when the city’s planning committee meets next Thursday. 

The project, situated just off Oxford Road on Cental Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust campus, is being brought forward by a joint venture of the trust and developer Bruntwood.

The site will be developed in two phases, with Citylabs 2.0, which includes 92,000 sq ft of laboratory and office space, delivered as the first phase.

Subject to planning approval, construction on phase one will begin in autumn this year, with completion set for late 2018.

This will be followed by the second phase, Citylabs 3.0, a 128,000 sq ft development that will be integrated into the listed Old St Mary’s Hospital.

Phase two is expected to begin in 2018 and complete in 2020.

Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the new buildings form part of the wider Citylabs project, which has a gross development value of around £150m.

Citylabs 1.0, the first part of the wider development, was opened by former chancellor George Osborne in 2014.

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