A consortium of universities and hospitals in Liverpool has submitted plans for the first phase of a 2m sq ft life sciences park.
The 70,000 sq ft Liverpool BioInnovation Centre will be the first building within the proposed BioCampus, aimed, the partners said, at "placing Liverpool alongside Boston and Singapore as a leading international centre for the life sciences."
The plans have been devised by Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The project has the backing of Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision and The Mersey Partnership.
Liverpool BioInnovation Centre will contain laboratory space where treatments and technologies can be tested and developed for the commercial market.
The Innovation Centre was designed by architects Nightingale Associates. Master-planning consultants for the Bio Campus and new Royal campus are Taylor Young.
Tony Bell, chief executive of Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Tony Bell explained: "This is an exciting and significant moment as the BioInnovation Centre is the catalyst that will enable us to realise the wider vision for the BIoCampus. The key to successful knowledge economies is being able to connect academic and specialist research assets to emerging technologies that have major market potential, which is the Silicon Valley model and it's something that the BioCampus has been designed to emulate.
"The new Royal Liverpool University Hospital will provide the opportunity to fully develop the BioCampus and the development will provide the ability to carry out research in clinical environments. This development can define what Liverpool's future economy is about and is key to regeneration."
There is an application pending approval for funding towards the centre from the European Regional Development Fund.
Subject to funding and planning approvals, work could start this year and be completed in early 2014.
The contractors to build the new campus for the Royal Liverpool University Hospital have yet to be announced. The hospital is expected to take 12 years to build.
The two shortlisted consortia are:
- Horizon – a consortium of FCC, John Laing Investments and Interserve Investments with Sheppard Robson, John Cooper Architecture, and Spanish practices Aidhos Architects and Lamela Architects as architectural advisors
- Carillion – architects NBBJ and HKS, with Uberior Infrastructure Investments, part of the Lloyds Banking Group