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Manchester Science Partnerships

Manchester Science Partnerships


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MSP is a community of scientists, innovators, investors and entrepreneurs, catalysing the growth of innovative science and technology companies.

We are the largest science park operator in the UK with four sites across the North West, providing the right environments for innovation to flourish. MSP supports the growth of companies in the life sciences, digital technology, advanced materials, industrial technologies and low carbon sectors, accommodating everything from single-desk start-ups to EU HQs.

MSP’s shareholders include development company Bruntwood, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, along with the local authorities of Manchester, Salford and Cheshire East. As a partnership business, MSP is committed to the successful commercialisation of R&D, pro-actively supporting the growth of our companies and working closely with our shareholders to add real value to enterprise formation and growth through innovation.

Locating at MSP means joining a diverse and collaborative innovation community supported by a comprehensive package of free business support and innovation services. We invest serious time in working closely with our customers, sector bodies and partners, developing detailed knowledge and understanding of business requirements and what they need in order to grow and succeed.

Central Campus

Located in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District, next to the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, MSP’s Central Campus provides flexible office, laboratory and workshop space to innovation-driven businesses.

Totalling over 350,000 sq ft, our Central Campus offers a variety of office and lab configurations to suit your needs, with the flexibility to accommodate your business at every stage of growth. We also have newly refurbished conference and meeting room space available to hire from one hour to full day sessions with dedicated on-site events and customer service team to look after your day-to-day operations.

MSP is investing in our Central Campus to expand it from 350,000 sq ft to 1m sq ft over the next eight years, as well as improving the on-site amenities and public realm as part of a huge transformation programme.

Our new building, No. 1 MSP Central, due to complete in early 2017, will provide an additional 70,000 sq ft of office and laboratory accommodation along with ground floor facilities such as a new restaurant, fitness studio and conferencing space designed to encourage collaboration and improve the wellbeing of our community.

Citylabs 1.0

Citylabs 1.0 is a 100,000 sq ft biomedical centre of excellence located on the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) campus, in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District and the largest clinical academic campus in Europe.

A partnership development by MSP, Bruntwood, CMFT and Manchester City Council, Citylabs 1.0 comprises a beautiful Grade II listed building along with new purpose built laboratory and office facilities for life science companies.

The unique partnership approach to its development and location on the CMFT campus means that companies based at Citylabs 1.0 have direct access to specialist clinical facilities and expertise from researchers, clinicians and procurement teams based within the hospitals.  This enables a better understanding of patient and clinician needs as well as the ability to develop and trial new medical technologies in a real clinical setting.

Citylabs 1.0 is one of the only developments of its kind in the UK, representing a stronger relationship between the NHS, academic science communities and industry, and is strategically aligned with the NHS’ ‘Innovation, Health and Wealth’ agenda.

The building’s location on Oxford Road provides excellent transport connectivity, situated on the main arterial bus route from the south of the city and is easily reachable by car.

Citylabs 1.0 is well serviced by city centre amenities with banks, post office, supermarkets and several food outlets nearby along with Manchester’s vibrant art, culture, restaurant and social scene on the doorstep.

Alderley Park

Alderley Park is the leading life science facility in the North of England, and the largest R&D campus of its kind in the UK, offering over 1.5m sq ft of premier scientific, laboratory, and conferencing space.

Set within 400 acres of beautiful parklands, the campus has long been an internationally  important centre for full spectrum bioscience R&D with a track record of delivering 12 new medical breakthroughs from the lab to benefit patients globally.

With over £550m invested by AstraZeneca in world-class facilities and infrastructure over the past decade, it is the single best-invested full spectrum drug discovery and development campus of its kind, with an unrivalled talent pool of science professionals in the area.

MSP’s vision for Alderley Park is to create a collaborative community of bioscience innovators and businesses at every stage of growth, with access to superb specialist equipment and a full range of support services in an open innovation campus environment.

Alderley Park offers a highly central location in the heart of England, providing easy access to all parts of the UK, Europe and beyond.

Located just five miles from the global hub of Manchester Airport and 12 miles from Manchester city centre, it is at the heart of the North West motorway network providing easy access by car across the whole of the UK. And with two mainline stations within 20 minutes of the site, London is less than two hours away by train.

Alderley Park Offers

  • Large talent pool of highly qualified science professionals
  • High specification office space
  • Industry leading laboratory space and bioscience infrastructure
  • A biohub incubator for new and early stage start ups
  • An international conference centre, restaurant and cafés
  • Multiple co-working collaboration spaces
  • Full gymnasium and exceptional indoor and outdoor sports
  • 200 acres of private parkland, including ancient woodland and pristine walking and cycling tracks
  • Car parking for 4,000 cars
  • Living and hotel accommodation close by, with future on-site accommodation planned