Minister for Life Sciences visits Manor Royal to officially launch Elekta's Cornerstone development
Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman visited Manor Royal on Tuesday 8 September to officially mark the start of Elekta's multi-million pound radiotherapy centre of excellence campus building called Cornerstone.
The Minister joined more than 40 dignitaries including Elekta president and chief executive Tomas Puusepp, Crawley Borough Council's chief executive Lee Harris, and the chief executive of Gatwick Diamond Business, Jeremy Taylor, as guests of Elekta, a world-leading manufacturer of treatment solutions for cancer and brain disorders.
Work will now begin on Elekta's new Cornerstone facility next to the company's existing site on Manor Royal. This is the site where the world's first commercially-produced linear accelerator (linac) was invented and the current version is produced.
Cornerstone is scheduled to open in 2017 when it will become a local, regional and global community resource as well as hosting events and workshops for students and experts alike.
Mr Puusepp said: "We are extremely grateful that the Minister for Life Sciences could join us on this special occasion.
"For several years now, we have sought to create a building and lasting legacy worthy of the life-changing innovations that Crawley has brought to the world; not to mention the multi-million pound impact on UK manufacturing exports and the regional economy.
"The campus will celebrate radiotherapy excellence, inspire healthcare engineering ingenuity and maintain the momentum of British innovation for which Crawley is renowned."
Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman added: "Elekta's new Cornerstone campus will be a global hub for innovation in radiotherapy.
Their commitment to the UK is another step towards our goal to be the location of choice for investment in global life sciences, with over £3.5 billion of inward investment into the UK since we launched our Life Science Strategy."
Elekta was granted planning permission by Crawley Borough Council to build the new campus building on February 4, World Cancer Day.
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said he was delighted to attend the start on site event for Cornerstone. "This impressive facility is a vote of confidence in Crawley and enhances Manor Royal Business District's reputation as a centre for innovation. This significant investment is further evidence of Elekta's commitment to Crawley," he added.
The plans for the facility were shown publicly for the first time in October 2014 at Crawley Civic Hall and more than 100 people visited the event. More information about the Cornerstone development is available at www.cornerstonehub.net.