Manchester council approves £135m construction projects

8 February 2016 (Last Updated February 8th, 2016 09:14)

The Manchester City Council in England has approved the construction of £75m Nuffield hospital next to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) within the city university.

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The Manchester City Council in England has approved the construction of £75m Nuffield hospital next to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) within the city university.

Nuffield hospital and wellbeing centre will be developed on five-acre site, and will be the 32nd hospital of the not-for-profit organisation.

Nuffield Health Manchester market director Barbara Baker said: "The planning application received wholesale support from our many partners and neighbours and we are delighted that the Committee has granted its approval.

"We consulted widely in developing the plans for the hospital to ensure that the facility we build will deliver significant health benefits to the people of Manchester and support existing healthcare providers, whilst also undertaking a sensitive regeneration of this neglected piece of land."

In January, Nuffield Health opened diagnostic suite at CityLabs in Manchester, near the Infirmary.

The council has also approved GEIC, the state of the art research and technology development facility, which is expected to accelerate the launch of graphene products to the marketplace.

Working alongside the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, the GEIC will undertake graphene and other 2D materials research.

"The industry-led centre … will work with the academia on innovation and applications such as energy, composites, formulations and coatings, electronics and membranes."

The industry-led centre, located on the North Campus of The University of Manchester, will work with the academia on innovation and applications such as energy, composites, formulations and coatings, electronics and membranes.

Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the 8,400m² will house laboratories and offices on each floor, as well as pilot production facilities. The work would be completed in 2017.

University of Manchester faculty of engineering and physical sciences dean Professor Martin Schröder said: "This is a wonderful facility that will develop our world-leading research to new products and markets in collaboration with key industrial partners.

"The GEIC will be a catalyst for industry-university partnerships that will drive innovation and invention of new applications for graphene."


Image: An artist's impression of the GEIC. Photo: courtesy of The University of Manchester.