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Competition: Pankhurst health research centre, Manchester

Dover Street Building
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The University of Manchester is recruiting an architect-led multidisciplinary team for a £20 million biomedical research hub

The winner of the estimated £700,000 contract will draw up plans for the new Pankhurst Centre for Research in Health, Technology and Innovation, within the city’s Corridor Manchester district.

The £20 million project, planned to complete in 2021, will deliver a hub featuring wet and dry laboratories, write-up areas and offices on a yet-to-be-confirmed site close to the University of Manchester’s existing biology, medicine and health faculties on Oxford Road.

‘The centre would be unique for the UK,’ says the competition brief, ‘delivering an integrated approach to health innovation, bringing together not only health and medical research and informatics, but also engineering, computer and materials science, eg extend the use of 2D materials such as graphene in developing therapies and technologies around health, including wound care and management (relevant to diabetes and neural rehabilitation).

‘Its primary aim is to bring understanding, expertise and new discoveries in engineering, physical sciences and mathematics for health benefit and new business opportunities to support growth and jobs. It would aim to connect up the elements needed for Greater Manchester to make world-leading impact in health technology and innovation, which is the major new frontier in biomedical and health research.’

The university is midway through a £1 billion regeneration programme intended to create a world-class campus for staff and students by 2020.

Key schemes include a new £350 million engineering faculty, by Dutch practice Mecanoo, which the university claims will be one of the largest construction projects undertaken by a higher education institution.

Potential sites for the new Pankhurst Centre include the Grade II-listed Dover Street Building (pictured), constructed in the 1880s for the Manchester High School for Girls, along with the former Jabez Clegg Public House and an incubator building on Grafton Street. The scheme is expected to refurbish and extend an existing structure rather than being fully new build.

The new hub will be less than 500m north of Manchester’s existing Pankhurst Centre, which occupies the former home of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

The deadline for applications is noon, 5 June.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Tel: +44 1612752160
Email: procurement@manchester.ac.uk


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