Citylabs 2.0 & 3.0 Manchester, UK
Sheppard Robson, in collaboration with Bruntwood, Manchester Science Partnerships and Central Manchester Foundation Trust (CMFT), has drawn up plans for two major science buildings, Citylabs 2.0 and Citylabs 3.0. Our work at Citylabs 2.0 includes a major fit-out for tenants Qiagen, developing a design that brings together laboratory, office and collaboration space.
The two buildings sit on the south west corner of the CMFT’s historic estate and form the southern gateway to Europe’s largest clinical-academic campus. Similar to the Sheppard Robson-designed Citylabs 1.0 which was completed in 2015, the new additions to the campus will provide high-specification, flexible office, laboratory, and clinical space that is set right in the heart of Corridor Manchester – the city’s knowledge quarter. The expansion of the facility will enable biomedical companies to grow and co-create new health products, in collaboration with the NHS and academia.
The Grade II listed Edwardian building that wraps around Citylabs 3.0 will be modified and refurbished, creating smaller office suites to complement the accommodation in the new buildings. An atrium will connect the historic building with the new structure, allowing the facility to share resources that include shared meeting areas as well as spaces for dining, public exhibitions and conferences.
The two buildings are positioned around a listed chapel which acts as the fulcrum for a new landscaped public space. Externally, the seven-storey Citylabs 3.0 is characterised by an anodised aluminium screen façade, which takes the form of a pattern derived by the timber rafters of the neighbouring chapel. Animating the orthogonal shape of the building, Citylabs 2.0 has a cutaway, supported by a colonnade, to its north elevation, which opens up views of the retained historic chapel at the heart of the project.
- 28,721 m2