A new Centre of Excellence in Infectious Disease Research and a Robotics Innovation Factory are two priority projects being progressed as part of the Knowledge Quarter’s £2bn pipeline, outlined at a launch event at MIPIM UK this morning.
Held at the Royal College of Physicians in London, the launch brought together politicians, universities and hospitals, to lay out the vision for the next five years of Liverpool’s newly-defined Knowledge Quarter, centred around plans for Paddington Village, a 1.8m sq ft health, education, science and residential development.
The 30-acre site is made up of three phases; the former Archbishop Blanch school plot, known as Paddington Central; Paddington South, currently occupied by Merseyside Police’s vehicle repair building; and Paddington North, occupied by a skills training centre.
Paddington Central will be the first element to be built out. Anchor tenants recently announced are the Royal College of Physicians’ Northern Centre of Excellence, which will move into a 70,000 sq ft building, and Liverpool International College, which will develop a 45,000 sq ft learning facility with 260 bedrooms.
In addition, the Knowledge Quarter is co-ordinating an application to Liverpool City Council’s £260m Strategic Investment Fund, to back a number of new projects.
According to Colin Sinclair, chief executive of the Knowledge Quarter, these include a fourth innovation centre at Liverpool Science Park, a Centre of Excellence in Infectious Disease Research which will co-locate the School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool, and Materials Innovation Factory 2, focusing on robotics research linked to the University of Liverpool Leverhulme Centre for Functional Materials Design.
A new KQ Liverpool investment fund is also planned, which would be made available to support life sciences and technology spin-outs and start-ups, particularly those arriving at Sensor City and the Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator.
A website for the Knowledge Quarter was also launched at the event. For information visit www.kqliverpool.co.uk