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Green light for ‘UK first’ sports research facility at Etihad Campus

Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus has been awarded planning approval.

Preparatory work is underway at the new sports health and science research facility, the first of its kind in the UK, which will be built next to Manchester City FC’s new City Football Academy. Once completed it will be used to develop programmes for elite athletes from the men’s and women’s clubs, British Cycling, GB Disability Swimming and GB Taekwondo.

The new facility will also deliver programmes for the local community, says HCA, a private healthcare company that will operate the facilities. It says research will take place at the MIHP that will explore heart disease and obesity with local universities.

Dr Stephen McGregor, director of MIHP, said:

I am enormously grateful for the outstanding team collaboration and local support we have received to reach this point. Once completed, MIHP will be a facility for everyone; one which is aimed at improving people’s well-being and lifestyle whatever their background or level of sporting achievement.

The plan forms part of the Beswick Community Hub, that will transform the area of East Manchester including a new sixth form college and leisure centre.

Cllr 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.

The new facility has a completion date in early 2016. The plans were designed by architect AHR.