The MRC consulted Camden council on three occasions about the possibility of moving the NIMR to the National Temperance hospital site on Hampstead Road. To date there has been no formal consultation with Camden council or local residents on the proposals for the move of the NIMR to the site adjacent to the British Library. Should the BLISS consortium (MRC, CRUK, Wellcome Trust and UCL) be successful in acquiring the site, the consultation and planning process would naturally need to be followed.
(2) what progress has been made on the proposed move of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, to central London; and if he will make a statement;
(3) what plans he has for the future use of the Temperance hospital site; and if he will make a statement;
(4) what the most recent estimated cost is of the proposed move of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, to central London.
A consortium of the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London have submitted a bid to purchase a site adjacent to the British Library. Detailed proposals for the move and its cost will be developed once the outcome of this bid is known, including, if necessary, alternative proposals for the future use of the National Temperance hospital site. MRC envisages that the relocation of the National Institute of Medical Research might be completed by 2013.
The MRC, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London have created a partnership to build a new international centre for medical research and scientific excellence. Detailed proposals for the scheme, which will include the proposed financial contribution of the current and any future partners, will be developed in 2008.
The BLISS consortium, (MRC, CRUK, Wellcome Trust and UCL) have submitted an expression of interest for the land adjacent to the British Library to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as part of the sale process. The expression of interest is still under consideration.