Morgan Sindall awarded £47m Knowledge Quarter contracts

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Liverpool City Council to deliver two projects within Paddington Village, the £1bn flagship scheme for the city’s expanding Knowledge Quarter.

Paddington Village is a 30-acre site, located just off Smithtown Lane, to the east of the city centre, which will be split across three phases; Paddington North, Paddington Central and Paddington South.

Morgan Sindall’s successful tender will see the company carry out two projects on the central plot.

The first phase of work, worth around £12m, and due to start on site in summer 2017, will involve building infrastructure, creation of public realm across the predominantly brownfield site, and the creation of development plots to make them market-ready.

The second phase will see Morgan Sindall design and build the £35m Northern Centre of Excellence for the Royal College of Physicians. RCP is expected to take almost half of the available 140,000 sq ft space, and work with the council to find other associated institutions and life science businesses to lease the remainder.

Pre-construction has already started, with the building due to handover in late 2019.

The project was procured through the North West Construction Hub framework.

Barry Roberts, Morgan Sindall area director in the North West, said: “Operating in such close proximity to universities and hospitals, innovative companies – from start-up to blue chip – have great access to both academic research, and a patient base for clinical trials. There’s a genuine opportunity for meaningful collaboration.

“The companies and organisations working in these sectors need tailored-space. Whether that’s state-of-the-art laboratories or connected workspaces, the facilities we build will match the ambition and innovativeness of their end users.”

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of the Knowledge Quarter, said: “Working with the city council and Knowledge Quarter partners we’re creating an urban village at Paddington, a place where people can live, work and socialise and a place where innovation and creativity are encouraged.

“We welcome the appointment of Morgan Sindall, whose social values are in keeping with our desire to build a community and integrate the village with the local residents.”

The Liverpool arm of Morgan Sindall has moved into a new office at Liverpool Science Park, within the park’s Innovation Centre 3 on Mount Pleasant.

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