Liverpool’s £35m Spine secures prestigious WELL Platinum
The Paddington Village office is one of only three buildings outside of London to have earned the high rating, which is reserved for structures that have exceptional health and wellbeing credentials.
WELL Platinum status is awarded by the International WELL Building Institute. In determining the wellbeing rating of a building, the institute examines the quality of the air, water, and light in a structure. It then goes further to investigate and evaluate thermal comfort, sound, and materials – as well as community spaces.
A WELL Platinum score has been a target for The Spine since the Grade A office building’s inception, with WELL principles factored into its designs by AHR Architect. AHR also crafted the 14-storey building to meet BREEAM Excellent standards, a sustainability measurement system.
Officially being designated as one of the healthiest buildings in the UK is fitting for The Spine, which is the Northern home of the Royal College of Physicians. The Spine was developed by RCP and Liverpool City Council.
Sitting at the top of Brownlow Hill in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, The Spine was built by Morgan Sindall Construction. The delivery team for the £35m project included multidisciplinary engineer Arup and fit-out contractor Overbury.
CBRE’s ESG team was charged with securing the WELL Platinum rating.
Coming in at 206,300 sq ft, The Spine is the third largest building in the UK to be WELL Platinum. It falls behind Arax Properties’ 280 Bishopsgate (355,300 sq ft) and CBRE’s Henrietta House (224,800 sq ft).
In addition to The Spine, the only other WELL Platinum-certified spaces outside Greater London are JLL’s office within the Landmark Building in Manchester and 400 Longwater Avenue in Reading.
Liverpool City Council Leader Cllr Liam Robinson described The Spine as “a shining symbol of a new Liverpool”.
“The Spine also reflects our ambition of being a world leader in academic research in science and health and the quality of its design speaks of that confidence to achieve that position,” he said.
Reflecting on the WELL Platinum award, Robinson added: “It is a magnificent achievement for all those who helped the council design and build [The Spine] to receive such prestigious industry recognition. I applaud everyone for giving the city such a magnificent building for people to work in, enjoy, and be inspired by.”
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