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The Spine, the first office at Paddington Village, is due to complete in April

Liverpool earmarks £21.5m for Paddington Village office  

Dan Whelan

The forward funding deal is to help finance construction of the next office in the Knowledge Quarter masterplan, a 90,000 sq ft development on plot five, previously earmarked for a diagnostics centre.

Contractor Morgan Sindall is due to start work on the 10-storey building later this year as it nears completion of the 160,000 sq ft Spine – the first office at Paddington Village, part of the  Knowledge Quarter Liverpool development, due to house the Royal College of Physicians.

Liverpool City Council has agreed to contribute £6.35m towards the construction of next office during the current financial year and a further £15.2m in 2022/23, according to an internal capital spending report.

The previously proposed diagnostic centre did not progress due to the withdrawal of a potential tenant, the report added.

The office at the designated plot five forms part of the second phase of Paddington Village, which also features Hemisphere, a 150,000 sq ft office development on plot nine, and No5 Paddington Village, a 240-apartment scheme.

Meanwhile, work on the first phase continues, including the construction of the Spine office building, due to open in April, a 221-bedroom Novotel that topped out earlier this month, and a 1,256-space multistorey car park.

Novotel KQ Liverpool Tops Out Drone Shot

The Novotel topped out earlier this month

The RCP has signed to occupy 70,000 sq ft across seven floors of the 14-storey Spine. Fit-out is now underway – as is work to complete an additional floor to be occupied by staff from the Clatterbridge Hospital Trust.

The Spine’s letting agent CBRE is currently in negotiations with other potential occupiers for the remaining six available floors.

A media company believed to be Sky had selected the Spine as its preferred location for a call centre, which would have spanned four floors. However, following the Covid-19 pandemic, the company put all acquisitions on hold, according to Liverpool City Council.

In addition to forward funding the office development at plot five, the council has set aside £7m for the acquisition and remediation of a site on Smithdown Road, part of the Paddington Village South initiative. The acquisition is expected to complete in 2022, according to the report.

The council plans to sell that site to “recover costs” the report said.

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I like that expression. .earmarks.

By Blob

Love that saying. Recover costs

By Blob2

Good, get it built.

By L17

Sky pulling out of a call centre says it all. Call centres are not high tech jobs and those are the jobs needed. Who is going to work in this office in the new world we are heading into. This council is going to have to work much harder to attract the kind of jobs the city needs and there’s just no sign of it.

By Aigburther

It’s not going to break the status quo but it’s a start.

By Michael McDonut