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Work set to begin on £18m sports research centre

Laing O'Rourke has announced that it has been given the go-ahead to build a pioneering sports health and research facility in Manchester.

The development, which will be known as the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance, will be built at Manchester City Football Club's Etihad campus and will be the first facility of its kind in the UK.

Initial work at the £18 million facility has already begun, with PP O’Connor carrying out the groundworks with expanded delivery of piling.

Once completed, the centre will provide the focal point for developing programmes for elite men's and women's clubs, while also acting as a base for British Cycling, GB Disability swimming and GB Taekwondo.

MIHP is seen as substantial component of the second phase of the  Beswick Community Hub project and is also the result of around five years of planning.

Private healthcare company HCA will be responsible for running the development when it finally opens to the public, with the firm already running the Alderley Road in Wilmslow, the Christie Clinic at Withington’s Christie Hospital and The ISEH in London, the latter being just  one of nine International Olympic Committee (IOC) research centres worldwide specialising in the prevention of injury and protection of athlete health.

The architect for the development is AHR, which hopes to transform the area of East Manchester, adding that it plans to build a new sixth form college and leisure centre.

Councillor Jeff Smith, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “The Beswick community hub will become an incredible resource for both the local community and city’s elite sports men and women.

“The Manchester Institute for Health and Performance is the next phase of these ambitious plans that will take east Manchester from being not only a world renowned centre for sport and leisure, but also a world leader in sport and health science and research.

“Once established, we hope that MIHP will attract world leading clinical and research groups to the city.”ADNFCR-1203-ID-801776523-ADNFCR

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