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Push to promote Edgbaston's life science prowess at MIPIM 2016

Calthorpe Estates chief executive Mark Lee said he hoped to raise the profile of the cluster of advanced science bases in the city

Mark Lee, the chief executive of Calthorpe Estates

Birmingham is selling itself as global hub for life sciences at the MIPIM property conference.

Calthorpe Estates chief executive Mark Lee said he hoped to raise the profile of the cluster of advanced science bases in the city.

The Edgbaston Medical Quarter (EMQ) is home to over 180 medical organisations, 80 hospitals and specialist centres, 44 GP clinics and 23 training facilities.

Mr Lee said: “This is a very important year for Calthorpe Estates at MIPIM.

“As part of the largest Greater Birmingham contingent to ever attend the event, we will continue to build on our campaign to promote Edgbaston as a centre of excellence, particularly for the medical and life sciences sector.

“Our aim is to attract further worldwide investment and clustering into the rapidly developing healthcare and life sciences community within our 1,600-acre estate and across Birmingham.”

He added: “The reputation of this collaborative community continues to soar at regional, national and international level.

“At MIPIM, we will actively promote this world-class offering, along with Calthorpe Estates’ ability to work in partnership with local government, Medilink and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network to find routes into the NHS, public and private sectors.”

Calthorpe Estates is also working on a host of schemes, such as Pebble Mill, which is home to the new £50 million Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, as well as developing more tha one million square feet of pipeline space.

“Our ambition is to create a health and science community where businesses can grow without having to relocate.

“This stepping stone approach will encompass new start-up enterprise space through to Global Head Quarter accommodation.

“Organisations locating to Edgbaston can benefit from being surrounded by residential, leisure and educational facilities.”

Mr Lee added: “With the launch of direct routes from Birmingham International Airport to a range of new worldwide locations and the future delivery of HS2, which will speed up travel time and extend capacity between Birmingham and London, the opportunities are widening for inward investment.”

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