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Work starts on UK Biobank’s new headquarters in Manchester

 Image: Bruntwood SciTech, via Citypress

The £60 million, six-storey laboratory space will also house other R&D organisations

The construction of a £60 million laboratory complex that will house UK Biobank’s headquarters and other life sciences businesses has officially kicked off. The development is scheduled to open in summer 2026 at science and tech community Greenheys in Manchester Science Park.

UK Biobank, one of the world’s most important health databases for research, will occupy three floors of the new 131,000 sq ft building. Its laboratory space will include the latest-generation robotic freezer—a cutting-edge facility capable of storing and retrieving up to 20 million biological samples four times faster than current standards.

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