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Spire Healthcare and Siemens have together submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council for a new private hospital at the Siemens Princess Road Campus, Didsbury, Manchester.
The proposed hospital will be developed and operated by Spire Healthcare, the UK’s second largest independent hospital provider. It will provide a leading private hospital replacing Spire’s existing facility in Whalley Range. The new facility will be a flagship hospital within Spire’s portfolio, incorporating some of the most up-to-date facilities and configuration concepts. It is anticipated there will be significant employment and economic benefits to the local area, and wider City from this investment, including enabling Manchester to capture a share of the health tourism market.
The proposal represents the first phase in the comprehensive development of the wider Siemens site. This will be anchored by the development of a science and technology-led business campus designed to facilitate the expansion of Siemens’ operations in Manchester and attract businesses operating in complementary sectors.
The Siemens Campus provides a unique opportunity to bring together a cluster of knowledge-led businesses in a prominent and accessible location at the gateway to the City, benefitting from connections to Manchester’s research leading universities. It is hoped the hospital will set the tone for the development of the wider site and act as a catalyst for further investment by like-minded businesses and organisations. If approved, the hospital will be operational from early 2017.
Neil McCullough, Spire Healthcare’s Business Development Director, said: “This is a strategically important project for Spire Healthcare and reflects our vision to be recognised as a world class healthcare business. We have been working with Siemens and Manchester City Council for several months on the development, and we are hopeful the Council will share our hopes for the site, which is to develop a leading centre for healthcare for the city. We are confident it will bring in new jobs and opportunities for the area and we’re excited to be joining the Didsbury community.
Robin Phillips, Financial Director for Siemens Industrial Activities and Manchester Site Director, said: “The Spire application is the next exciting phase of our site development plans which have the potential to create highly skilled jobs in the region. What is particularly exciting is that the science and technology-led business campus represents a golden opportunity to enhance Manchester’s credentials as a commercial R&D hotspot – which great news for our city and local businesses”
The proposed development has been designed by Manchester based Halliday Meecham Architects and the application has been supported by Manchester based consultancy Turley.