Paterson redevelopment project

In 2018, The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie, announced plans for the future of the Paterson building site at The Christie on Wilmslow Road.

The ambition for the Paterson Redevelopment Project is to create one of the world’s top five cancer research centres that translates discoveries in the laboratory into improved outcomes for patients around the world. 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.

The following information is provided to inform you about the project’s progress.

Project updates

February 2019 - Paterson redevelopment project: Installation of concrete access ramps

On Saturday 16 February, temporary traffic and pedestrian management measures will be introduced to Wilmslow Road whilst we commence installation of three concrete ramps to enable vehicular access to the Paterson site. These ramps will be installed in three locations as illustrated on the plan below.

Construction of the ramps at locations A and C will take place between Saturday 16 February and Wednesday 20 February. During this time, the lane of traffic fronting the Paterson site will be closed; this will include the closure of the pedestrian and cycle paths. Temporary traffic lights will be introduced to facilitate this.

Installation of the ramp at location B will take place between Monday 25 February and Friday 1 March. As location B is situated within The Christie site, only temporary pedestrian management measures will be implemented. This will include re-routing pedestrians safely to the opposite side of Wilmslow Road.

Once installation is complete, pedestrian and traffic management on Wilmslow Road will return to normal.

January 2019 – Strategic Planning Framework Addendum, Paterson Redevelopment Project

The Christie has undertaken an initial public consultation on a focused Strategic Planning Framework (SPF) for the Paterson building site. The draft SPF Addendum will set out the blueprint for creating a new, world-leading cancer research facility in Withington. It will set out the development principles that the future Paterson Redevelopment Project will be expected to deliver.

The consultation included a drop-in event at The Christie on 10 January enabling local people to view the plans, discuss the project with the team and submit feedback. The consultation feedback period closed on Thursday 24 January, 2019.

The project team is collating and considering the feedback received before we submit a draft document to Manchester City Council Executive.

For further information and to view the draft document, please visit the project website at

January 2019 – Demolition applications approved

Planning approval has been granted for the demolition of the fire-damaged Paterson building on Wilmslow Road. This is the first stage of works for the Paterson Redevelopment Project and prepares the site for future development. Demolition of the main building is due to start in the coming months. 

The Demolition and Environmental Management Plan (Version 2) has been updated and includes the planned retention of the cycle lane and footpath along The Christie side of Wilmslow Road. This is subject to regular review during the various stages of the demolition works. This document is available to view on the planning pages of the Manchester City Council website - you can see it by searching for application reference numbers 121526/DEM/2018 or 121527/FO/2018.

To help our site neighbours, patients, staff and visitors to find out more about the proposed demolition, the project team have updated our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.  This document is available to download here.

What will happen on site?

The initial demolition works including erecting fencing and scaffolding, and removing some parts of the building have already begun. Demolition of the main building is due to start in the coming months and the demolition is expected to be completed later this year. 

For further information about upcoming demolition works, please continue to visit the website.

December 2018 - The Christie Tree Planting Plan 

On Wednesday 19 December, the remaining trees along the front of the fire-damaged Paterson building were removed. This activity played an important part in the necessary preparation works for the proposed demolition to take place.

The Christie is committed to replanting as many trees as possible on site and we are currently looking at options of how this could be achieved. Click here to view our plans.

We have a clear focus on making sure that the replacement specimens are of an improved quality to continue our objective of improving tree quality overall within the local area. 

The possible areas for tree planting that we are exploring include:

  • Within the landscape area along the northern section of Oak Road close to Palatine Road;
  • Within the landscape area at the Oak Road entrance and drop-off;
  • Within the landscape areas at the front of the proton beam therapy centre; and
  • Along the Wilmslow Road entrance.

Please provide us with your feedback on the following questions to help us in deciding where the new trees should be located.

  1. Which of the locations proposed do you support and why?
  2. What species of tree would you like to see as part of the replacement plans?
  3. Can you suggest any other areas where you would like to see additional tree planting (either on The Christie Withington site or within the wider Withington area)?


Please send your answers to the Paterson Redevelopment Project team as follows:


Write to us: Paterson Redevelopment Project, Freepost RTEH-HCTJ-RRBK,  c/o Turley, 1 New York Street, Manchester, M1 4HD

The deadline for comments has been extended to allow as many people as possible to comment. Please ensure any feedback is sent to us by Thursday 28 February, 2019.

How do I find out more?

We are currently at an early stage of the Paterson Redevelopment Project and will continue to provide further information as the project progresses. 

If you have any queries, please contact the Paterson Redevelopment Project team at: