Public invited to share their views on new cancer research centre plans

Press release posted 18 January 2019

A public consultation looking at ambitious proposals for a new world-class cancer research facility to be built at The Christie on the site of the fire-damaged Paterson building in Withington, Manchester is now open.

Two listening events were held at The Christie recently where more than 100 local residents, staff, and interested parties attended and looked at the initial outlines for the centre, learnt more about why the building is vital to the future fight against cancer and shared their views about the proposals.

Plans for the design are at a very early stage with nothing yet finalised. The multi-million pound development will be led by The Christie on behalf of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC), an internationally renowned and hugely successful partnership between The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie.

In addition to housing the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, the new development will be a major step forward in realising MCRC’s ambition of becoming one of the world’s top five centres for basic, translational and clinical cancer research by 2025.

At the time of the fire in April 2017, The Manchester Evening News led an appeal that raised more than £100,000 towards the cost of a new building.

The MCRC partners believe this exciting development offers a unique opportunity to transform the loss of the Paterson building into a bold and exciting step forward in understanding and tackling the diversity and complexity of cancer and providing better outcomes for patients.

The new building will also harness the  potential of healthcare research within a catchment area of over three million people as part of the Greater Manchester Cancer Plan (part of the health care devolution project in Greater Manchester) and in partnership with Health Innovation Manchester.

Former Christie patient Richard Jackson, a father of two and a head teacher, has recently celebrated being 10 years cancer free following a groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trial. He believes the new research centre is crucial to achieving better outcomes for patients.

Richard aged 50, said: “Without research into clinical trials I would not be alive today. Cancer research is vital to discover new ways to tackle and treat this cruel disease. In order to provide life-extending and potentially life-saving treatment for patients, Manchester needs to be at the forefront of scientific advances and have a facility that will allow doctors, scientists and researchers to work together to achieve the ambition that we all hope will become a reality one day – a future without cancer.”

Planning approval has been granted for the demolition of the building and the public consultation about the proposed new research centre began on Thursday 10th January and will conclude on Thursday 24th January 2019.

To view the consultation and provide feedback visit: or alternatively you can visit Withington, Fallowfield, Didsbury or Burnage libraries to view a copy of the document.