Video: Multi-billion pound plans revealed for Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter

City’s leading politicians, universities and hospitals will come together in London on Thursday to launch their ambitious vision to double investment to £2bn over the next five years.

Aerial view of the Paddington Village site in Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter
Aerial view of the Paddington Village site in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter

A new railway station, a 1.8m sq ft health, education and science development and a global centre of excellence for infectious disease research will are among the projects that will see investment into Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter double to £2bn.

In London on Thursday Liverpool’s leading politicians, universities and hospitals will come together to launch their multi-billion pound vision for the next five years.

Click to hear Knowledge Quarter chief executive Colin Sinclair talk more about the plans

The plans for the 450-acre Knowledge Quarter, which encompasses Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital will see it become a world-class destination for science, innovation, education, technology and the creative and performing arts.

Paddington Village

Among the highlights of the £2bn, five-year plan is Paddington Village, a 1.8m sq ft health, education science and residential development space on the site of the former Archbishop Blanch school.

Also planned is a  Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) railway station, connected to the city’s underground network.

Kaplan International this week announced joint plans with the University of Liverpool to develop Liverpool International College, a 45,000 sq ft education and learning facility with 260 residential bed spaces at Paddington Village.

This will join the Royal College Physicians’ new Northern Centre of Excellence as the first two anchor tenants at the 30-acre site.

Ongoing developments

These developments will complement a number of ongoing development projects in the Knowledge Quarter, such as the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator, Materials Innovation Factory and Sensor City, which are currently being developed at a combined cost of £264m.

They may eventually be joined by a fourth innovation centre at Liverpool Science Park, a Centre of Excellence in Infectious Disease Research (CEIDR) and Materials Innovation Factory 2 – The Robotics Innovation Factory linked to the University of Liverpool Leverhulme Centre for Functional Materials Design.

A new KQ Liverpool investment fund is also planned, which would be made available to support life sciences and technology spin-outs and start-ups, particularly those arriving at Sensor City and the Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator.

The announcements will be made at the London headquarters of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) to coincide with MIPIM UK, a major property and regeneration expo.

‘World-class innovation’

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of KQ Liverpool, said: “We have a simple plan, which is to build on the existing academic, medical, scientific and cultural brilliance that already exists, to create a world-class innovation district at the heart of a great city region.

“We want this to be an attractive and innovative place where people will aspire to live and work and will never want to leave! Today’s announcement is another fundamental step towards that vision.”

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of Liverpool Knowledge Quarter. Picture by Gareth Jones
Colin Sinclair, chief executive of Liverpool Knowledge Quarter. Picture by Gareth Jones

The Knowledge Quarter is one of five Mayoral Development Zones in Liverpool, established as part of its ‘City Deal’ regional devolution agreement with central government.

Professor Janet Beer, chair at KQ Liverpool, said: “For the North of England to keep pace, and eventually close the economic gap with London and the South East, we need to attract and retain the very best students, graduates, scientists, clinicians, academics and business innovators.

“This plan sets out our partnership vision for KQ Liverpool and how we intend to establish one of the world’s leading innovation districts.

“A place of collaboration and discovery in science, technology, education, medicine and culture and a place where great discoveries are made.”

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