AHR is the architect for Hemisphere. Credit: Sciontec

Sciontec presses on with Hemisphere

Plans have been lodged for the next Paddington Village office, billed as the Liverpool City Region’s first operational net-zero carbon building.

The eight-storey building will includes 120,000 sq ft of office space along with a wellness studio, café and collaboration spaces.

AHR Architects has designed the scheme, which sits within the wider Knowledge Quarter Liverpool. Stantec is the planning consultant.

Pending approval, construction will begin on the site, which is owned by Liverpool City Council, in summer 2023. Completion is expected in summer 2025.

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of Sciontec, said: “HEMISPHERE will be Sciontec’s first new build project and one which will enhance our existing provision of high-quality workspace for leading health, science, technology and digital businesses in the Liverpool City Region.

“HEMISPHERE will also generate a wide range of economic, social, and environmental benefits for the local area, and together with our partners, we are proud to be developing a unique building with innovative amenities that support health, social and cultural well-being.”

Sciontec is the development vehicle set up as a venture between partners Bruntwood SciTech, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool John Moores University, and the University of Liverpool.

The scheme includes extensive public realm and planting. Credit: Sciontec

The partners said that the building has been designed to achieve a Platinum Well standard, is aiming for a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’ and is expected to achieve the principles of an operational net-zero carbon building.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is also supporting the development, and has also invested £12m already in Paddington Village for enabling works.

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: “With world leading industry clusters in infectious disease control, materials chemistry, and AI, all on our doorstep, we have a thriving innovation economy.

“But to keep it growing, it’s vital that we are able to offer businesses the high-tech, sustainable office space they need to flourish and catapult our area to the forefront of UK innovation. HEMISPHERE will help take us there – and I can’t wait to see it start to take shape.”

The Spine building sits to the left. Credit: Sciontec

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More of this please @Pall Mall and the City’s Waterfront

By Anonymous

Paddington Village appears to operate in it`s own successful bubble and provides a model of how we wish the rest of the city was performing, why can`t something similar function in the business area so Pall Mall get it`s office project started, and some other high profile schemes move forward.

By Anonymous

So we can build more offices on the edge of the city centre ( good for them )… but can build in the heart of the business district ie pall mall ., I am afraid the council is letting the city down

By George

I agree entirely with “anonymous “
Is it the involvement of the universities that is making the development of the Knowledge Quarter successful?
What lessons can be learnt in order to develop the commercial development of the city?
Are our politicians against the development of private business, and the jobs it will create?

By Anonymous

Great news.

By Anonymous

Development team?

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