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 - Planning Application submitted

 On 28 May 2019, a planning application for the Paterson Redevelopment Project was submitted to Manchester City Council.

The Planning Application documents including the Planning Statement, Statement of Community Engagement and Environmental Assessment are available to download from Manchester City Council’s planning pages. You can search for the application using the unique project reference number:

  • 123748/FO/2019 

For more information please visit  

Paterson redevelopment project - May 2019 update

In January 2019, The Christie undertook an informal consultation on the ambition of the PRP in a document called the Strategic Planning Framework (SPF) Addendum.  We have publically shared our ‘Consultation Report’ which sets out the feedback that we received at this time.

In March 2019, we provided a second opportunity to share and listen to feedback on our detailed plans for the replacement cancer research centre. The feedback that we received is now being considered during the preparation of the planning application. A Statement of Community Engagement setting out our response will be submitted with the future planning application to Manchester City Council.

Frequently asked questions

We have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we have heard through the recent public consultation. These relate to:

  • Height of the proposed building
  • Setting a precedent for taller buildings in the local area
  • New staff on Day 1 opening (2022)
  • Managing demand for staff parking on Day 1 opening (2022)
  • Traffic
  • Air quality
  • Facilities in the ground floor in the building.

What are the next steps for the project?

The timeline below indicates the next steps for the project and the likely timescales for a planning application. There are a number of further opportunities for you to find out more and provide your feedback. 

Demolition update

Demolition started on the more sensitive areas of the Paterson site in early April 2019. Machine demolition of the main structure started 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 start 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 are now complete.

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 is now closed 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 safely demolish the building. The sit vehicle's movements will be considerately controlled to minimise the impact on local roads.

The image below illustrates the location of the new hoarding:

Construction of temporary fire escape staircase 

Construction of the temporary fire escape staircase will continue until the end of June 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?

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