GVA Grimley wins university district commission

Liverpool Vision has appointed GVA Grimley, with Cam-Sci and John McAslan & Partners to prepare a Strategic Investment Framework for the city's 'knowledge quarter'.

The area is home to assets including the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool Science Park, two cathedrals, and with Liverpool Lime Street station on the doorstep.

The SIF will include a local market analysis to assess demand for knowledge-related development and supply of suitable property; guidance on the suitability of development opportunities for knowledge-based floorspace; guidance on other factors to support knowledge economy growth, such as complementary uses, activities and infrastructure; and advice on the delivery of development on the identified sites.

Harnessing the potential associated with these assets, including public and private sector knowledge economy activity, will be important to the continued renewal of Liverpool and its economic competitiveness and contribution.

Matt Biagetti, development manage at Vision, said: "The SIF will articulate a clear role for the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter, providing guidance on opportunities for the delivery of physical development to support the growth of the knowledge economy. GVA Grimley have a proven track record of delivering area based investment frameworks and have a long standing relationship with the regeneration and development of Liverpool. Alongside the consortium they have assembled they have the credentials to produce a framework that enables the delivery of some key projects within the Knowledge Quarter."

GVA Grimley's principal consultant, Nicola Rigby, said: "This is an exciting commission for Liverpool. The Knowledge Quarter concept is not new to the city, and indeed a significant body of work already exists which has established a vision and objectives for the area. We are focused within this piece of work with working alongside Liverpool Vision and their partners to create a clear framework that is focused on delivering investment within the quarter that facilitates knowledge economy growth, both in terms of employment and business growth, building on the unique 'ingredients' in this key area of the city centre."

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