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PatersonRedevelopmentProject

Vision

Welcome to the Paterson Redevelopment Project website.

We’d like you to read about our plans for a new world-leading cancer centre, which will transform our ability to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Our goal for the Paterson Redevelopment Project is to create a purpose-built home for cancer research in Manchester.

There is a long history of research and new discoveries on The Christie site in Withington.

Over fifty years, the Paterson Building became home to top-class research into areas such as lung cancer, melanoma and leukaemia.

In 2017, a devastating fire forced the evacuation of the Paterson building and the relocation of scientists and equipment.

In 2018, The Christie, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK, announced plans for the future of the Paterson building site. The multi-million pound development will be led by The Christie on behalf of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC), an internationally renowned and hugely successful decade-long partnership between The Christie, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK.

We need capacity to enable us to re-unite our researchers who have been displaced, and build expert teams of scientists, doctors and other healthcare workers.

We want to attract new talent from all over the world, and work together with other world-leading centres to make a real difference to the lives of people here, and around the globe.

 

Planning Application Submitted

In May 2019, a planning application for the Paterson Redevelopment Project was submitted to Manchester City Council.

The Planning Application documents including the Planning Statement, Statement of Community Engagement and Environmental Assessment are available to download from Manchester City Council’s planning pages.

You can search for the applications using the unique project reference number:

  • 123748/FO/2019

Further Environmental Information to the Environmental Statement was submitted to Manchester City Council. You can view and download the relevant documents here:

The Proposals

 
  • Representative view: 3D visualisation as seen from Cotton Lane

  • Representative view: 3D visualisation as seen from Wilmslow Road

  • Representative view: 3D visualisation as seen from the junction of Rathen Road and Firth Road

Our submitted plans for the Paterson Redevelopment Project will deliver:

  • A part 7 and part 10-storey building plus a basement level to accommodate biomedical research laboratories, consultant workspace, collaboration spaces, and an ancillary café, together with external storage and servicing compound, cycle storage facility, external hard and soft landscaping, and plant and equipment;
  • A unique opportunity for cancer researchers and clinicians to work side-by-side in one building, understanding and tackling the diversity and complexity of cancer to drive better outcomes for patients with the very latest discoveries and breakthroughs. We call this Team Science;
  • A top 5 world-class cancer research facility of the highest architectural quality which will contribute to the ongoing physical transformation of The Christie Withington site;
  • High quality landscaping bringing life to the building's frontage along Wilmslow Road;
  • A refreshed Green Travel Plan with a focus on cycling, public transport and new signage and information to encourage sustainable travel solutions for new and returning staff, patients and visitors; and
  • Returning and new staff to support local spend including contributing to the regeneration of Withington Village.

Public Consultation

Community and Stakeholder Engagement

In March 2019, The Christie held public consultation on the detailed plans for the Paterson Redevelopment Project. This included drop-in sessions at The Christie and Withington Library together with meetings of The Christie Neighbourhood Forum, correspondence with over 5,000 local residents and there was coverage in the local press and radio.

The exhibition banners displayed at the public drop-in events are available to download here:

 

The feedback received during this period of public consultation has been considered by the project team. The Planning Application includes a Statement of Community Engagement which reports this feedback and provides a response from The Christie and its project partners. This report forms part of the Planning Application and is available to download from Manchester City Council’s planning pages.

Frequently Asked Questions

In May 2019 a project update was issued to local residents and stakeholders. This included answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the project.

A copy of the leaflet is available to view and download here:

What is the Paterson Redevelopment Project (PRP)?

The Paterson Redevelopment Project (PRP) is the name of the project that will see the redevelopment of the former Paterson building on Wilmslow Road into a state of the art research centre.

What happened to the former Paterson building?

In April 2017, the Paterson building was subject to a major fire. Following the fire, a review was undertaken to fully assess the damage caused to the building and consider the future of the site. There is an urgent need to demolish and redevelop the building for The Christie to continue its leading research into the acceleration of cancer treatment.

What is happening now?

In May 2019 we submitted a planning application. Further information can be found here.

What is the ambition of the project?

The Paterson Redevelopment Project will:

  • Pave the way for a world-class research facility that is vital for the ongoing fight against cancer
  • Provide a purpose-built home for cancer research in Manchester which will transform the ability to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer
  • Enable clinicians and scientists to work side-by-side in one building, to drive breakthroughs and discoveries for patients across Greater Manchester
  • Continue to develop Greater Manchester’s international reputation for research excellence and commercial success

What does this mean for cancer patients?

The research activity that the building enables will directly affect MCRC’s ability to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. This will enable greater understanding and tackling of the diversity and complexity of cancer to drive better outcomes for patients with the very latest discoveries and breakthroughs.

Why is this opportunity so unique?

We have an opportunity to create a truly unique research centre integrated within the hospital with scientists, researchers and consultants all working together in one place, developing and shaping treatment and research from basic scientific discoveries.

What will the new building be used for?

  • Co-locate clinical and research staff within a single ‘Team Science’ working environment to effect faster research outcomes and treatments for patients;
  • Rehouse the staff displaced by the Paterson building fire in 2017, including members of the internationally renowned Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute;
  • Accommodate the Biomarker Centre which was originally intended to be sited adjacent to the Oglesby Cancer Research Building.

Where can I find out more?