Opening day for The Spine
The £35m building in Liverpool’s Paddington Village, billed as one of the world’s healthiest workplaces, brings 160,000 sq ft to the city’s Knowledge Quarter.
The distinctive 14-storey building offers the highest office space in the city, standing at the eastern gateway to KQ Liverpool. Morgan Sindall delivered the building for Liverpool City Council, with AHR as the architect.
The Spine has been designed according to the scientific and medical research principles established in the international WELL Standard to achieve WELL Platinum status. The Spine features double-height spaces at the ground, 10th and 12th floors
Incoming mayor Joanne Anderson and metro mayor Steve Rotheram will be at the buildingtoday to meet Dr Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, which will have its northern base at the building.
As well as RCP, which has taken seven floors within The Spine, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has taken a floor, with the council currently in negotiations to complete the occupancy of the building.
When complete, the 30-acre Paddington Village, which received £12m from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority towards a £20m infrastructure programme, will feature several other buildings, some of which are already occupied.
The University of Liverpool’s International College and The Rutherford Cancer Centre North West opened in 2020 and a new hotel by Novotel is scheduled to open in April 2022.
Plans for further developments on Paddington are also being progressed, with designs for Hemisphere, a 150,000 sq ft health, life sciences and tech focused building, soon to be revealed by Liverpool Science Park owner Sciontec Developments.
Morgan Sindall is lined up to deliver a 90,000 sq ft office building on plot five within the KQ masterplan.
Other members of The Spine’s delivery team are Arup as multidisciplinary engineer, CBRE as lead consultant for RCP, Overbury as RCP’s fit-out contractor, CBRE and Knight Frank as letting agents and KQ Liverpool on strategic support and marketing.
City mayor Joanne Anderson, elected earlier this month, said: “The Spine is simply stunning and very much reflects the Liverpool we all want to see develop in the 21st century.
“Its unique design and distinctive look also symbolises the ambitions we have for Paddington Village – to create an innovation district to rival any in the UK and Europe.
“I’m delighted the RCP will be calling this their northern home. They are joining a fantastic roster of world class institutions and am sure will help attract others to join them.
Steve Rotheram, freshly voted in for a second term as metro mayor, added: “It’s brilliant to see the investment we’ve made in the Knowledge Quarter really starting to take shape.
“The Spine is a building that really encapsulates a lot of my vision for the region: harnessing the expertise of our world-class universities, attracting nationwide jobs and housing it all in one of the cleanest, greenest buildings in Europe.
“As mayor, it’s exactly the sort of thing I am working to deliver on a region-wide level. We’re already seeing the difference those investments are having.”
Morgan Sindall Construction’s area director Rihard Potts said: “It has been an absolute privilege for Morgan Sindall Construction to help deliver this sensational building and to be part of the wider Paddington Village development.
“I’d like to offer my congratulations to the Council, the whole project team and to warmly welcome RCP to Liverpool.”