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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) geared towards developing a 3D printing facility in Cheshire has been signed.

Tatton Estate and Manchester Metropolitan University are behind the proposals, details of which were unveiled at MIPIM.

The Cheshire 3D Print Hub is earmarked for 40,000 sq ft of derelict buildings between Altrincham and Knutsford, and close to Manchester Airport. It would provide grow-on incubation space to accommodate the emerging North West industrial digital technologies market and supplement Manchester Met’s existing central Manchester PrintCity facilities.

Henry Brooks, managing director at Tatton Group, said: “When Cheshire East Council began its local plan process five years ago, it established two key priorities. The first was at Crewe and the hub around HS2 and the other was the Cheshire Science Corridor, which has also come on a long way in the last 12 months in terms of the scale of opportunity and what’s needed to deliver it.

“The M56 motorway links the Liverpool and Manchester city regions and there’s a huge nexus of existing science facilities, but there is very little space for any more, so we have been thrilled to collaborate with Manchester Metropolitan University and now to announce a 3D print hub facility using the existing brownfield site and find a fantastic new use that will help drive innovation in the North West.

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