Cash boost for growth at science park

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­media.co.uk @KarenBrit­ton1

BOSSES at Alder­ley Park are cel­e­brat­ing win­ning £1.1mil­lion to de­velop the site for life sciences.

The gov­ern­ment has an­nounced the money for the Nether Alder­ley site in its lat­est round of pay­outs as part of the Re­gional Growth Fund, which sup­ports projects which aim to help eco­nomic growth and em­ploy­ment.

The cash will help the site’s new owner Manch­ester Science Part­ner­ships (MSP) de­velop the site as a life science park named BioHub, at­tract­ing com­pa­nies which spe­cialise in ar­eas such as drugs and med­i­cal de­vices. The hub is con­sid­ered a ma­jor em­ployer in the area and could pro­vide 7,000 jobs.

It’s be­ing de­vel­oped be­cause phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firm As­traZeneca - which has a base at the site - is mov­ing its Re­search and Devel­op­ment op­er­a­tions out to Cam­bridge by 2016.

The fund­ing will help MSP re­con­fig­ure space at Alder­ley Park to ac­com­mo­date the new life science busi­nesses it’s aim­ing to at­tract. It’s hoped this will help re­tain highly skilled tal­ent and cre­ate new jobs.

Dr Chris Do­herty, site direc­tor at Alder­ley Park for MSP, said: “Se­cur­ing Re­gional Growth Fund­ing sup­port is a fan­tas­tic shot in the arm for the BioHub and an­other sig­nif­i­cant vote of con­fi­dence from the Depart­ment for Busi­ness In­no­va­tion and Skills who share our vi­sion for the park.

“The fund­ing is sig­nif­i­cant for Alder­ley Park as it sup­ports the strat­egy to trans­form the site from a singly oc­cu­pied R&D cen­tre to a thriv­ing mul­ti­oc­cu­pied bio­science clus­ter and MSP will be com­mit­ting £3m to match the RGF fund­ing.”

A doc­u­ment named the Draft Devel­op­ment Frame­work - which acts as a guide to what can be built at Alder­ley Park - is cur­rently out to a six-week con­sul­ta­tion.

Any­one in­ter­ested can view the doc­u­ment at cheshireeast.gov.uk. Cop- ies are also avail­able in li­braries and coun­cil of­fices in Macclesfield, Crewe and Sand­bach

Com­ments and rep­re­sen­ta­tions can be made un­til Fri­day, March 13, on­line or by let­ter to Jo Wise, CEC Spa­tial Plan­ning Team, c/o Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ.

Alder­ley Park, pic sent by cheshire East for story on £1.1m re­gional growth fund for BioHub

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