The public consultation on 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 in January at The Christie 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.
Now the consultation on specific proposals begins this week, before a full planning application is submitted to Manchester City Council later this year.
If approved, the new centre will integrate researchers and clinicians 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.
Plans for the design are still at an 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.
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 healthcare devolution project in Greater Manchester) and in partnership with Health Innovation Manchester.
Former Christie patient Richard Jackson, a father of two and a headteacher, 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.”
The public consultation on the plans will run from Wednesday 6th March to Friday 22nd March. There will be public drop-in sessions on Wednesday 6th March from 2pm – 8pm at The Christie and on Saturday 9th March at Withington Library from 10am-1pm.
From Wednesday 6th March 2019, more information will be provided on the project website at www.PatersonRedevelopment Project.co.uk