A major new healthcare centre of excellence next to Lancaster University could bring in up to 2,000 new jobs and boost the economy by £100million.
The development would create a world-class centre of excellence in innovation to transform health and healthcare, and to change practice regionally, nationally and internationally.
An independent assessment suggests the project would have a significant economic impact, ultimately creating up to 2,000 jobs and representing a £100m boost to the regional economy.
Lancaster University this week submitted an application to Lancaster City Council for the scheme.
Amongst its first challenges, the development would respond to a pressing need to tackle issues linked to preventing illness in populations and enabling healthy ageing.
These are widely considered to be among the biggest social and economic challenges of our time. Lancaster University already enjoys a formidable reputation for academic research in these themes.
Prof Neil Johnson, Dean of Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine, said: “This development is going to provide a fantastic opportunity for Lancashire and Cumbria and the North West.
“It will make major contributions to improving health and healthcare through innovation, making a real difference not only locally but nationally and internationally too. Furthermore, by attracting individuals and businesses with great ideas to come to this area and work with local communities and organisations interested in improving health along with world-leading researchers and teachers from all parts of the university, it will also have a big impact on the continuing economic development of this area.”
The site, immediately adjacent to the north of the university’s Bailrigg Campus, has long been identified for development in the Lancaster Local Plan (Bailrigg Business Park site) and benefits from planning permission for a Science Park (up to 34,000 square metres of built development) along with a new highways access from the A6.
The application is due to be considered early in 2017 and if approved work would begin later that year, with the building opening in 2019.