Client: University of Manchester
Start / completion: 2011 - 2013
Project construction value: £17.75m
Services: Cost and Project Management
The Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) brings
together cancer-related research across its partner organisations -
Cancer Research UK, the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and
the University of Manchester, incorporating the Paterson Institute
for Cancer Research.
To fulfill the MCRC ambition a single building which provides
additional and updated facilities will provide the environment
crucial for the full integration of the partner organisations and
the promotion of truly collaborative research.
The proposed building has been designed to create an attractive
internal and external environment whilst avoiding conflicts between
servicing requirements and user amenity. The building has been
developed in line with the masterplan concept for the site that
includes an 'iconic' frontage onto Wilmslow Road and the creation
of a 'green swathe' to the south of the site.
A key driver for the project is the requirement to encourage
integration and interaction of the various users of the Centre. The
form of the building has been heavily influenced by this and the
desire to achieve, where possible, natural ventilation and
daylighting within the building, with good views out.
The result is a design that will provide users with a high
quality working environment that will support the recruitment and
retention of world-class staff.