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 

Temporary traffic management measures

Temporary traffic management measures will be in place from Friday 12 April until Monday 22 April to enable us to move the hoarding line and undertake necessary survey work on the local sewer network. During this period, access to Oak Road will be restricted to ‘access only’.

The first phase of work will take place from 22:00 on Friday 12 April to 06.00 on Saturday 13 April. Works will take place through the night to minimise disruption to local residents and ‘stop and go’ traffic management will be introduced. This is to allow for exploratory work to the local sewer network.

The planned traffic management measures are labelled below:

Phase 2 of the work will introduce three-way traffic lights from Saturday 13 April until Monday 22 April. Temporary traffic management measures will ensure safety during the extension of the hoarding line around the Paterson redevelopment site, and has been agreed with Manchester City Council. These works are necessary for the safe demolition of the fire-damaged Paterson building. 

The planned traffic management measures are labelled below:

Signage will clearly re-route pedestrians to the opposite side of the road and cyclists will be re-directed. Following the completion of the hoarding works, pedestrian and cycling routes will remain temporarily closed for the duration of the works to the Paterson building. 

Demolition update

Demolition using hand tools is due to start on the more sensitive areas of the Paterson site from 11 April 2019. After this, machine demolition will start towards the end of April and will take up to 19 weeks.

The demolition will start with removal of the single storey extension to the front of the former Paterson building together with associated clearing works.  Once this stage has been completed, demolition of the main Paterson building will take place. 

Demolition works will take place between the hours of 07.30 and 18.00 Monday to Friday and 08.30 and 14.00 on Saturday to minimise disruption to both local residents and to ensure minimal disturbance to patient treatment.

The works will result in some additional noise but where possible this will be kept to a minimum, and will after 08.30.   

For more information, 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.

Hoardings along Wilmslow Road

In order to demolish the Paterson building safely, Manchester City Council has granted permission to move the current hoarding line along Wilmslow Road. These works will start in the afternoon of Friday 12 April.

Moving the hoarding line out will necessitate the closure of the footpath and cycle lane on the Paterson building side of Wilmslow Road. The footpath and the cycle lane will be closed from Friday 5 April for the duration of the works. Signage will clearly re-route pedestrians and cyclists. Motorists will be alerted about the works and overtaking will be restricted.

This will increase the overall operational space within the demolition site area and allow us the space to jet wash construction vehicles before leaving site. This will minimise impact to local roads.

The image below illustrates the location of the new hoarding:

Construction of temporary fire escape staircase 

Scaffolding works continue within the courtyard next to The Christie Private Care and the entrance on Wilmslow Road. This work will continue until May 2019.

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

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: