Architects appointed for women’s centre in Liverpool

Michael Hunt

Architect practice Nightingale Associates will design the £5m Women's International Centre in Liverpool.

The 20,000 sq ft scheme is for economic development and is being planned to be built on a site within St James Street and Norfolk Street, near to the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, in the city centre.

The women's centre is scheduled to be complete late next year and will comprise a number of offices, training and conference facilities.

Following its completion, it is expected to help 3,000 women set up businesses, creating 4,500 new jobs over the next ten years.

Construction is due to start in October this year.

The Women's International Centre for Economic Development, the North West Development Agency, Future Builders, Train 2000, Liverpool Vision and Liverpool City Council, are jointly funding the project.

The centre will be operated by Train 2000.

Maggie O'Carroll, Train 2000 and WICED's executive director, said: "The Women's International Centre for Economic Development will be the hub of international research on female entrepreneurship as well as providing a range of enterprise support including space for up to 80 business units to help women start and grow their businesses. We wanted the building itself to be an iconic building and we awarded Nightingale the contract on the strength of its design team."

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