New ‘Masterplan’ for Manchester Science Parks
Manchester Science Parks (MSP) has appointed architects John McAslan + Partners to develop its new ‘masterplan’, which will see the site almost double in size.
Home to a number of businesses in the tech industries, the masterplan will revamp MSP’s 9.3 hectare Corridor site, creating 250,000 sq ft of new floor space.
According to designers, increasing the total lettable space to 470,000 sq ft will help build stronger links with the city’s educational, commercial and cultural institutions.
The designs will also see the arrival of seven new buildings at the site, which sits between the University of Manchester and the residential area of Hulme. Jane Davies, the Park’s chief executive, said: “This is an extremely exciting development for Manchester Science Parks and we are pleased to have John McAslan + Partners on board as project masterplanners.”
“The expansion of our Corridor site will bring innumerable benefits to both our tenants and the surrounding area and we are looking forward to this next stage in our evolution.”
As part of the development, the Park will also introduce an open public space to create a meeting point for research staff, academics and visitors. “Over the next few years, we will see Manchester Science Park become a much bigger part of city life,” explains Tony Skipper, Managing Director of John McAslan + Partners.
“We are delighted to be working on such a prominent scheme that will reshape the ways in which Manchester’s leading institutions and resources will interlink and collaborate.”
The plans have been worked up as part of the Corridor Manchester vision, a partnership set up to boost investment along the Oxford Road area of the city.
Work on the site will be carried out in phases over the next 10 years to reduce the amount of disturbance to existing facilities.