Morgan Sindall appoints AHR Architects on the £35m Royal College of Physicians HQ in Liverpool

Part of the £2bn Knowledge Quarter Liverpool masterplan, the project will house the Northern Centre of Excellence which will provide 70,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art space. Tony McDonough reports

Computer-generated image of the £35m Northern Centre of Excellence being built for the Royal College of Physicians in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter

Construction giant Morgan Sindall has appointed AHR Architects to design Northern Centre of Excellence for the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter (KQ Liverpool).

The £35m development for Liverpool City Council will be located in the heart of Paddington Village, delivering approximately 70,000 sq ft of space for the RCP.

Paddington Village is key element of the £2bn KQ Liverpool masterplan.

Click here to see the full list of projects planned for KQ Liverpool

Morgan Sindall was appointed by the council to deliver two projects – the RCP facility and a £12m plan to create public realm across the predominantly brownfield site and the creation of development plots to make them market-ready.

Plans for Paddington Village will see the 30-acre site, located just off Smithtown Lane, to the east of the city centre, developed into three plots – Paddington North, Paddington Central and Paddington South.

Barry Roberts, Morgan Sindall area director in the North West, said: “AHR’s highly sustainable, innovative design will deliver an iconic building, inspired by well-being.

“The RCP headquarters will sit at the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, and will provide an outstanding environment where academia, and research will play a key role in driving forward business and innovation.”

AHR is a multi-award winning architecture and building consultancy practice, operating in the UK and internationally.

Click to see amazing drone footage of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter

It works across a range of sectors, including commercial, education, residential, transport and infrastructure, leisure, retail and health.

The Liverpool operation of Morgan Sindall has taken residence in a new office at Liverpool Science Park – in the park’s Innovation Centre 3 on Mount Pleasant, which was originally built by the firm in 2014.

RCP president, Professor Jane Dacre, added: “We are extremely grateful for the way in which we have been welcomed and encouraged to set up our Northern base in Liverpool, and for the generous support that has been offered from the key organisations to make this possible.

“To have made this much progress in such a short amount of time demonstrates the dynamism of the Liverpool organisations in driving collaboration to support healthcare, education and science.”

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