UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI)

HC 727, Sixth Report of Session 2010-12 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

House of Commons - Science and Technology Committee
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'UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) (HC 727)' reports the Science and Technology Committee's commendation of the scientific vision for the new UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, but expresses reservations about the project's location.

The Committee says the case for the centre's central London location near St Pancras station was not overwhelming and it could have been sited elsewhere.

The advantages of co-location with universities and hospitals and access to good transport links, which the Committee accepts play a fundamental role in the centre's vision, come at a price:

  • extra construction costs;

  • a site incapable of expansion; and

  • the concentration of medical sciences in the 'golden triangle' in the south of England.

On the issue of funding, the Committee's concerns about the project's costs were assuaged by evidence from the Government that the taxpayer will not be liable to any further costs should the project overrun.

In relation to the management structure, the committee was told that an experienced team with a proven track record were now taking charge.

The Committee is sympathetic to the local community's concerns about the project, and recognises attempts made by the centre's management to engage with the local community, but says it is saddened that efforts have not been as successful as they might have been.

One way some benefit could accrue back to the local community is to ensure that the land released from the National Temperance Hospital site (the original site intended for the UKCMRI) is used for housing, including social housing.

Extent 122 pages ISBN 9780215559814
Size A4 Price £15.50
Format Paperback Published 25 May 2011
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