Manchester will soon be home to the first large-scale multipurpose health city built by the private sector in the UK.
HealthCity, which will cost £200-million is just one part of an ambitious £1 billion project aimed at urban regeneration in East Manchester. The scheme is being developed by Grangefield Estates in partnership with Manchester City Council.
HealthCity will feature:
- a main hospital,
- a range of secondary care medical operators
- a sports and rehabilitation centre.
It forms part of a new city quarter called Chancellor Place, to be built in the east of Manchester city, on a brownfield site beside Piccadilly railway station.
It is hoped that Britain's leading surgeons will be tempted to work at HealthCity and promotors say their aim is to become the "internationally recognised location of choice for quality healthcare".
“Dublin’s Beacon Court, HealthCare City in Dubai and US health malls formed models for HealthCity,” said Phillip McGuinness, development director at Grangefield Estates. Manchester City Council has granted outline planning permission for the scheme.
Grangefield is aiming to have a shortlist of five international healthcare providers by early next year. Gaps in provision that the promoters intend to target in particular are orthopaedics, cardiology and cancer care. HealthCity will target health tourists from the Middle East.