Next steps for 116,000 sq ft Liverpool office
The city council will next week enter into an agreement with Sciontec Developments to deliver the £35m Hemisphere scheme in the Knowledge Quarter, subject to cabinet approval.
Billed as being net zero in operation, Hemisphere will be designed by AHR Architects and deliver 116,000 sq ft of grade A workspace, providing a welcome boost to Liverpool’s meagre office pipeline.
The development would be aimed at health, education, science and tech occupiers.
A report to Liverpool City Council’s cabinet is recommending the authority enter into an agreement with Sciontec Developments that will pave the way for the office, the next stage of the Paddington Village innovation district.
Hemisphere will aim to achieve an excellent rating for BREEAM, becoming part of the 10% of UK buildings with this rating.
Subject to cabinet approval, the council will grant Sciontec a 150-year lease on the land. The next step would be the submission of a planning application by the middle of next year.
Construction would begin later that year and the office is slated to complete in late 2024.
“Hemisphere will further build on the success of the Spine and the other recent developments at Paddington Village to create a world class destination for health, education, science, and technology,” said Colin Sinclair, chief executive of Sciontec.
“This will not only help deliver highly skilled jobs for people within the KQ Liverpool Innovation District but for people all across the Liverpool City Region.”
Hemisphere will be located next to the recently completed 160,000 sq ft Spine, home to the Royal College of Physicians, and the under-construction Novotel, due to complete next April.
Additional phases of the masterplan include No5 Paddington Village, a 240-apartment scheme, and another office spanning 90,000 sq ft.
Liverpool City Council has agreed to contribute £21.5m towards the construction of the 90,000 sq ft office, to be built on a site previously earmarked for a diagnostics centre
Sciontec was established by Liverpool City Council, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, with Bruntwood SciTech joining as a fourth equal partner in May 2020.