Documents for a new cancer research facility to replace the Paterson Building at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Withington have been submitted to Manchester town hall’s planning panel.

The Paterson Building fell victim to a blaze in 2017, forcing more than 300 of its scientists and support staff to relocate and having a “significant” impact on research outcomes. The new project, however, is designed to revive such activity in the area to support developments in lung cancer, melanoma and leukaemia treatment, drug discovery, and radiotherapy.

A review of the debris revealed that renovation and repair is not a viable option, enforcing the need for a new replacement.

Proposals for a 257,000 sq ft facility have been put forth to accommodate laboratories, consultant workspaces and technical equipment for cancer research use. Deemed a “world-class” replacement, the facility aims to be operational by 2025.

The proposals also outline the development of 240 additional roles in medical research and biochemistry, as well as rehousing the scientists forced to move away as a result of the fire.

It was stated, in a document submitted as part of the application to town hall, that: “The [project] provides a unique opportunity to deliver a world-leading facility for cancer research 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.”

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