Memorandum from Dr Ralf Schoepfer, University
I am writing to comment on the future location
of the "new NIMR" and would like to add one aspect,
which apparently has not been received sufficient consideration.
The current NIMR site presents a unique opportunity
to relocate some biomedical research, perhaps including specialised
medical care units, out of central London, in particular if one
takes a long-term view.
The costs of doing research in central London
will always be higher than at the NIMR site, because of limited
space and restriction imposed by historic developments in central
On the other hand, a "reorganised NIMR"
at its current location could become a nucleus for a much larger
biomedical community there, with the benefit of reduced costs
and new facilities. Obviously I am not suggesting an enlarged
NIMR, but a gradual relocation of outstanding existing biomedical
to Mill Hill.
Similar out-of-town relocations have recently
been successfully by other world-class institution, such as "The
University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)".
To my knowledge the current NIMR site is the
only site in the Greater London area, which has already an internationally
highly recognised institute on site and where there is sufficient
open land available for future developments.
To relinquish this site would present an irrevocable
loss for science in the capital and will entail substantial long-term
negative consequences, by undermining future developments.
23 November 2004