Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter has been chosen as the location for the first Northern headquarters of The Royal College of Physicians, which will move into temporary accommodation in the city next year while it awaits the construction of a 70,000 sq ft facility.
The RCP will take space in the William Duncan building on the University of Liverpool’s life sciences campus in 2017, and then will relocate to its Northern Centre of Clinical Excellence at the neighbouring Paddington Place development site by 2020.
Liverpool’s successful bid will see the RCP become the first anchor tenant of the £1bn Knowledge Quarter development zone. The regeneration of the former Archbishop Blanch site, near to the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the University of Liverpool, will include offices, a 30-storey landmark building, public realm, retail, hotel, conference facilities, and 700 parking spaces.
The arrival of the RCP will signal the start of phase one of a 10-year development, totalling 1.8m sq ft.
There will be 10 plots included in the first phase, with three phases of development overall.
The RCP with Liverpool City Council, University of Liverpool and other Knowledge Quarter partners will now begin working closely together on the detail of the partnership to create RCP North, and will make further announcements in the autumn.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “With the support of the Knowledge Quarter partners, the city fought off strong competition from other northern cities to secure one of the most exciting and prestigious inward investment projects of the past decade.
‘’The signing up of RCP North is not just a key moment for my Knowledge Quarter Mayoral Development Zone but also for the future prosperity of Liverpool and the Northern Powerhouse as the businesses that we are targeting to join RCP North will transform the lives of thousands upon thousands of people.
‘’This development site is an investment opportunity of international importance and will reposition Liverpool and the North in the life sciences industry. It will also unlock a new commercial market with immense spin off benefits in terms of high quality jobs and housing that will ripple right across the Liverpool city region.”
Colin Sinclair, chief executive of the Knowledge Quarter, said: “Our success in this bid proves the benefit of collaboration across the city regions and in this instance between the city, the University of Liverpool, The Royal and Broadgreen NHS Trust, The School of Tropical Medicine and Liverpool John Moores University. This proves that Liverpool can compete at the highest level for major inward investment projects.”