UK-based healthcare social enterprise Nuffield Health has partnered with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to build a new hospital and well-being centre in central Manchester, England.
Nuffield Health's new private, tertiary care hospital will require an investment of between £50m and £60m.
The hospital will be located on MMU's Elizabeth Gaskell site next to Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, after the university shifts to the newly built £140m Birley Campus in the city centre in August.
Nuffield Health Group CEO David Mobbs said the group is pleased to be forging a strategic partnership with MMU and to have the opportunity to build a multi-million pound hospital in Manchester.
"We are very much looking forward to the collaboration with the university, a partnership which we believe will serve as a springboard to significantly improve the region's healthcare provision and make a lasting contribution to the economy and the general well-being of everyone who lives and works in the north-west," Mobbs said.
In addition to the hospital and well-being centre, the organisations will work together on research and development, providing training to local healthcare professionals and improving health and fitness levels in the region.
David Mobbs said that the group will create a facility that complements the existing healthcare infrastructure of the north-west, and serves as a hotbed for research and development.
Construction work is expected to begin in the first half of 2015 and is likely to be completed within two years.
Image: (left to right) MMU vice-chancellor professor John Brook and Nuffield Health CEO David Mobbs at the Birley campus. Photo: courtesy of Manchester Metropolitan University.