Public asked for views on £35m development

Property outfit Sciontec is to ask the public for its views on a proposed £35m net zero carbon office building planned for the Knowledge Quarter in Liverpool. Tony McDonough reports

HEMISPHERE, a net zero carbon building, will be built in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter at a cost of £35m


A public consultation will be held on a proposed zero carbon office building planned for Paddington Village in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.

First unveiled in December, HEMISPHERE, will feature 116,000 sq ft of grade A office space for health, education, science and tech occupiers. It will be located next to The Spine, a 14-storey office scheme that also cost £35m and opened in May last year.

Liverpool City Council as landowner is working with property operator Sciontec to deliver the project that will continue to support growth and jobs in the city’s innovation district. Located at Plot 9, HEMISPHERE gets its name from the two sides of the human brain; creative yet logical.

Alongside the 120,000 sq ft of grade A office provision, HEMISPHERE will include an array of collaboration spaces, a wellness studio, café, and extensive new areas of biophilia inspired high-quality, green, public realm.

It will be designed to achieve the principles of an operational net zero carbon building, a ‘WELL’ Building Platinum Standard, and BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’. The creative design approach is homage to KQ Liverpool, as an international destination for the life-sciences, healthcare, and tech industries.

Sciontec is the KQ Liverpool spin out development company and is jointly owned by Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, and Bruntwood SciTech.

It operates Liverpool Science Park, manages Sciontec AI at The Spine, and is developing new science and technology facilities across Liverpool city region. Its core purpose is to further expand and enhance the knowledge economy in Liverpool.

In December, Cllr Sarah Doyle, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Development and Economy, said: “It would be a great addition to Paddington Village and would also provide Liverpool with much needed grade A office space, giving people fantastic conditions to work in.”

The public consultation event will be held on Monday, May 16, at The Spine, Paddington Village between 4pm and 7pm.

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