On 26 April 2017 The Paterson Building, which housed most of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, suffered a major fire resulting in significant damage. We are striving to rebuild our world-class research facilities and meanwhile we are temporarily based in the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) Building in Withington and at the internationally-renowned life sciences campus at Alderley Park. After this relocation we will return to our original site in Withington, Manchester, next to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (Wilmslow Road, M20 4BX).
The CRUK Manchester Institute has an excellent relationship with the Christie, forging critical links between basic and clinical scientists. Withington is around 8 miles south of the centre of the city of Manchester near Didsbury. Manchester itself has undergone dramatic developments recently, and it is now one of the most exciting cities in Europe, with facilities to match. Manchester is home to over 2.6 million people, with 7 million more living within the wider region. It is therefore Britain's second largest city after London, and the range of activities and facilities reflect this (see for example http://www.visitmanchester.com/). There has been significant regeneration and investment throughout the city, and there are now fantastic facilities for every activity ranging from sport (playing and watching), music, theatre, arts, museums, eating and drinking. The city is also within easy distance of some of the finest countryside in the UK, including the Lake District, and the Peak District.
In addition Manchester International Airport is only a short distance from Alderley Park and the MCRC Building, and the area is also served by extensive road and rail links.