ID Manchester will be a partnership with The University of Manchester – a leading global university at the forefront of innovation and learning, and Bruntwood SciTech the UK’s leading property provider dedicated to the growth of the science and technology sector. Bruntwood SciTech is a 50:50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General.

25 Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and graduates

40,000 students

Most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate recruiters to (High Fliers Research, 2020)

The UK’s most popular university for undergraduate applications (UCAS 2019)

83% of research ranked world leading or internationally excellent

Recognised internationally for the quality and quantity of its business collaborations

A history of commercialisation with more than 100 spin-out companies

The University will bring forward its vision for ID Manchester in partnership with an investor/developer partner with the scale and ambition to make ID Manchester a global as well as a local success.

The Partnership

The partnership will involve the creation of a corporate joint venture (JV) in which the University and the partner have a vested interest in the long-term success of ID Manchester, with the JV taking forward the development as a mixed-use community aligned to the vision of the University.

ID Manchester will build upon the University’s long and successful history of partnership working and extensive recent experience of delivering large-scale capital projects.


ID Manchester offers unparalleled connections between the private sector, the University and the established innovation ecosystems that cluster around the campus. It affords the space to meet industry demand for co-location with University research hubs and to scale up more spin-out businesses from its research and laboratory facilities.

Strategic Partnerships

The University enjoys strategic partnerships with global companies including GlaxoSmithKline plc, AstraZeneca, BP, Unilever, BAE Systems, Boots UK, Colgate-Palmolive, EDF Energy, MedImmune, Rolls-Royce, Siemens UK and Tesco plc, and major national organisations such as the BBC and Cancer Research UK.

Innovation Specialisms

Sectors in which the University excels include advanced materials, applied health, digital and data, energy and climate sciences, and biotechnology. Its pioneering approach to accelerating innovation allows it to shorten the lead time from idea generation to translation through to commercial applications. The University also makes a major contribution to the thriving creative sector and cultural scene in Manchester.

Research Activity

The University will continue to occupy accommodation at the south end of the site where it has significant business-facing research activity, including the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and the recently opened £60 million Masdar Building, home to the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, which delivers the potential commercialisation of graphene and 2D materials by helping business partners to scale up and apply the technology in a range of new and highly enhanced products.


In September 2019, the University formally launched the search for an investment and development partner for ID Manchester. It is planned to announce the partner in spring/summer 2021.