The Science and Technology Committee today agrees with, and commends, the scientific vision for the new UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, but expresses reservations about the project's location. It 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. On 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.Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Science ... HOK later invited PLP Architecture and BMJ to join their team to offer advice on, respectively, exterior design and the anbsp;...
|Title||:||Uk Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (Ukcmri)|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Science and Technology Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2011-05-25|