Medical firm set to shelve move to Leeds training base

Graham Bowland of Surgical Innovations.
Graham Bowland of Surgical Innovations.
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One of the key players in a planned state-of-the-art clinical training centres in Leeds has said there is a ‘strong likelihood’ it will have to pull out of the project.

Keyhole surgery instruments maker Surgical Innovations said it would probably have to shelve its plans to be part of the new medical park planned for Thorpe Park after “very disappointing” results.

The Leeds-based company had secured a £5m Regional Growth Fund grant to build the pioneering 10,000 sq ft clinical training centre in Leeds, as part of the project to relocate to the 58,000 sq ft facility.

Surgical’s chief executive Graham Bowland said a decision over the park will be taken in the next few weeks.

The group’s chief financial officer Mike Thornton said: “The project is at risk. We wouldn’t flag it up unless there was a strong likelihood it will be terminated. It is very much at risk.”

Surgical was due to be one of the first tenants at the new medical park.

A spokeswoman for the project’s developer, Scarborough Development Group, said: “Scarborough continues to maintain regular contact with Surgical Innovations and is committed to working alongside them to deliver their new showcase facility in the Leeds Medi Park quarter of Thorpe Park.

“As part of this major, transformative, scheme Scarborough intend to bring forward Leeds Medi-Park in the near future, and the new Surgical Innovations building is an important catalyst in this regard. The vast majority of the development at Thorpe Park however does not rely on Leeds Medi Park proceeding.”

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said: “Leeds City Council will continue to work with Thorpe Park to support their ambitions and to ensure they come to fruition.”

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