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

Paterson redevelopment project

This is what the future of cancer research in the North West could look like as plans to rebuild the Paterson building begin to take shape.

Following the fire in April 2017, the Trust has been working closely with its partners that make up the Manchester Cancer Research Centre – CRUK and The University of Manchester – on ambitious proposals to replace the building with a state-of-the-art facility integrating researchers and clinicians in one building, driving greater understanding of the diversity and complexity of cancer.

With significantly more space than the previous Paterson building, the multi-million pound project aims to develop a centre that will – together with the nearby Oglesby building (formerly MCRC) – become one of the world’s top five centres for basic, translational and clinical cancer research by 2025.

The computer-generated image gives an early indication of what the building might look like.

The pre-application public consultation closed on Friday 22 March 2019. The feedback received is now being considered and will be summarised in the Statement of Community Engagement, which will be submitted alongside the full planning application.

You can find out more information about the plans for the Paterson redevelopment project at www.PatersonSPFConsultation.co.uk. 

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 soon. 

The Demolition and Environmental Management Plan (Version 2) 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.

Construction of temporary fire escape staircase 

Scaffolding works continue within the courtyard next to The Christie Private Care and the entrance on Wilmslow Road. We will be installing the new temporary staircase in this area from Monday 18 February 2019. This work will continue until approximately the end of March.

Tree planting plan 

The Christie tree planting plan consultation has now closed. 

The plans under consultation provided ideas for where trees could be replanted on and around the Withington site. 

The feedback received is now being considered and more information will be published shortly. 

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 sets out the blueprint for creating a new, world-leading cancer research facility in Withington. 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 draft SPF Addendum was approved for formal consultation by Manchester City Council’s Executive on Wednesday 13 March 2019. For further information and to view associated documents, including the consultation report, please visit the project website at www.PatersonSPFConsultation.co.uk.

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) 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.

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. 

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: