Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


APPENDIX 90

Memorandum from Dr Ralf Schoepfer, University College London

  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 London.

  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





 
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