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Sports Science and Medicine Institute takes Beswick Hub into pioneering second phase

06 February 2015

The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance at the Etihad Campus will be a world-class research and analysis centre.

Planning permission has been granted for a new sports health and science research facility in Manchester, the first of its kind in the UK.

The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP), a significant component of the second phase of the Beswick Community Hub project, will be a multi-disciplinary diagnostic, education, research and development facility, and will be located in the Etihad Campus, adjacent to the recently opened City Football Academy.

The institute is the result of five years of planning and research by a partnership team made up of Manchester City Council, City Football Group and Sport England.

MIHP will be operated by HCA, the international private healthcare company which manages facilities across the UK, including: 52 Alderley Road in Wilmslow, The Christie Clinic at Withington’s Christie Hospital and The ISEH in London – one of only nine IOC research centres worldwide specialising in the prevention of injury and protection of athlete health.

MIHP will deliver programmes for the local community as well as for elite athletes and will be supported and delivered by a team of highly skilled and specialised doctors, sports injury specialists, nurses, physiotherapists and healthcare researchers.

From a professional sport perspective, MIHP has been designed to deepen collaboration and best practice across sports disciplines, to enhance physical performance and to provide continued sport development programmes for elite athletes and the sports science and health practitioners that support them.

Top teams will collaborate with and benefit from MIHP, including Manchester City Football Club, Manchester City Women’s Football Club, British Cycling, GB Disability swimming and GB Taekwondo, which are part of an ever-growing group of elite athletes based in East Manchester.

The English Institute of Sport, which provides services to Manchester’s elite athletes will operate from MIHP and other athletes performing at the highest level of their sport will benefit from the cutting edge research and diagnostic capability of the centre.

MIHP will also have a clear public health agenda, helping to investigate health and fitness within the general population as part of the city’s Public Health Strategy. Key areas of work include collaborative research exploring heart disease and obesity with local Universities, as well as a facility for the general public affected by, but not limited to, sports-related injuries.

With planning permission now in place, preparatory work is starting on site and the MIHP is scheduled to open in early 2016.

The architect for the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance is AHR.

Phase one of the Beswick Community Hub is well underway. The Connell Sixth Form College adjacent to the City Football Academy is fully functioning and coming to the end of its first academic term and East Manchester Leisure Centre – which includes a new swimming pool and fitness suite – opened for use by the local community in November 2014.

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 the MIHP will attract world leading clinical and research groups to the city.”

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, the 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.”

Brian Marwood, Managing Director of City Football Services, said: “Having MIHP on the Etihad Campus, in the heart of East Manchester and in the shadow of the Etihad Stadium, provides a unique and highly valuable opportunity to collaborate with Olympic and Paralympic sports organisations. This brings with it an opportunity to benefit from the best possible support and knowledge sharing which will be of real help to our playing and support staff here in Manchester and for our sister Clubs in the US, Australia and Asia. The dual function of the MIHP as a world leading resource for both the local community and our elite athletes is something we are very proud to be part of.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England Property Director, said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Manchester City Council and City Football Group to develop this fantastic world class facility. It will provide both elite athletes and the local community access to outstanding sports medicine and research, ensuring we continue to be world leaders across sport from the grassroots to the very top.”

Sarah Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of HCA JointVentures, said: “MIHP is unique and will bring tremendous benefits to the community in East Manchester as well as professional and amateur sports people. Our intent is for MIHP to help to improve the lives and health of Mancunians as well as providing world class research, analysis and diagnostic facilities that will further enhance Manchester’s global reputation as a centre of sporting excellence.”

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