February 06, 2015

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

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.”

For more information please contact Simon Walker at the Manchester City Council press office: 0161 234 1010 (

Or Neil Huband Priority Counsel (HCA): 07808298989 (

Notes to editors:

Breakdown of what The Manchester Institute for Health and Performance will offer:

DIAGNOSTICS – the facility will provide a range of world-class diagnostic tools at the pinnacle of sport injury and rehabilitation for the elite athlete population at the Etihad Campus. MIHP will be a world centre for diagnostic research – including ground breaking work in to imaging and data capture, and the results will made available to the world network of sports science specialists. The facility would also be capable of being used by the public, and will be used to assist in gathering evidence on the impact of the city’s Public Health Strategy.

EDUCATION – MIHP will become a centre for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and education in sports science, sports medicine, health and performance – offering theoretical and practical courses for sports science staff working with various national governing bodies and Manchester City Football Club (MCFC), as well as other sports teams.

PERFORMANCE CAPTURE FACILITY AND CONSULTATION SERVICES – The MIHP will provide access to world-class laboratory and performance capture facilities, including motion capture, force measurement, biochemistry and physiology labs – complete with access to the interpretation of data by world-leading specialists.


Part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust


Offers 29 different courses including A Levels, BTECs and GCSEs

600 student capacity – received over 900 applications for places starting in 2015

5162m2 of traditional sixth form environment

180m2 Sports hall

680m2 multi use games area

7 Science Laboratories

Conference Room

Art Studio

Drama Studio

Leisure Centre

Swimming pool 35m x 21m x 2m tank with moveable floor with the ability to split into two pools: 25m x 21m and 21m x 8m. The moveable floor provides a full range pool depth of 0m to 2m

Health and Fitness gymnasium to accommodate 70 stations, approx. 250 m2.

Dance Studio144 m2 and 4.5m HighCityFootballAcademy

The City Football Academy (CFA) is Manchester City Football Club’s youth development and first team training centre in the heart of East Manchester. Visit for more information.

HCA International

HCA International is a division of the largest non-governmental hospital owner worldwide with its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

In the UK HCA operates over 20 private patient healthcare facilities including acute private hospitals, joint private patient ventures with the NHS and stand-alone diagnostic and outpatient centres in the North West and in and around London.

Its medical facilities have an international reputation for the most complex or tertiary medical procedures as well as the more routine. One in every five of its beds is a critical care bed and it is the largest provider of cancer and cardiac care outside the NHS.

In the Manchester region, HCA has a £22 million ultra modern joint venture cancer diagnostic and treatment facility, The Christie Clinic, situated on the campus of the renowned Christie Hospital. Among its facilities, it has the only private haematology transplant unit in the country outside London.

At 52 Alderley Road, HCA has a £11 million diagnostic and day case treatment centre for providing treatment for a range of healthcare conditions. 52 Alderley Road has comprehensive diagnostic facilities, consulting rooms, operating theatres and recovery rooms and upwards of 100 leading consultants in the North West have their private practices there.

HCA also has its North West Region headquarters at 56 Alderley Road, Wilmslow.

The latest HCA run facility, The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance, will diagnose and treat professional sportsmen and women from all sports disciplines whether they be amateur or professional players or athletes.

Along with research projects in medicine, sports medicine and sport science, there will be a major emphasis on education and preventative medicine for the surrounding community.

The multi-million pound facility will be the base for a team of some of the nation’s leading doctors, sports injury specialists, nurses and physiotherapists and healthcare researchers.

HCA hopes to announce details of more private patient healthcare initiatives in the North West over the coming months.

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