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First look inside Liverpool’s proposed Royal College of Physicians building

A first look inside the proposed new Liverpool base for the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been revealed.

The £35 million RCP North building will be developed at the heart of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool’s (KQ Liverpool) Paddington Village district.

The London-based royal college is expected to move into the iconic 140,000 sq ft building in summer 2020, occupying half of the site, as it establishes a permanent presence outside of the capital.

The RCP has already set the ball rolling on its two-phase move to the city, as a temporary home is currently being created on two floors of the University of Liverpool-owned William Henry Duncan Building.

The Regional Office for Mersey and North Western is the first RCP department to have moved in, and during the coming months parts of the site will be turned into more offices and spaces suitable for clinical examination ‘PACES’, educational courses and meetings.

An official opening, hosted by RCP president Professor Jane Dacre, will be held on 10 October with the first PACES exam and an educational event taking place the next day.

Then the purpose-built permanent building, which is being built by Morgan Sindall, will provide a place for collaborative work amongst RCP fellows and members from across the North as it features large, open air spaces and flexible floorplates.

Professor Jane Dacre, says: “We are extremely grateful for the way in which we have been welcomed and encouraged to set up our northern base in Liverpool, and for the generous support that has been offered from the key organisations to make this possible.

“To have made this much progress in such a short amount of time demonstrates the dynamism of the Liverpool organisations in driving collaboration to support healthcare, education and science.”

Architecture practice AHR has been appointed by Morgan Sindall to design RCP North, and commercial property consultancy CBRE is supporting the design process.

The RCP, Liverpool City Council, Morgan Sindall and CBRE will work together over the next few months to decide on the key features of the building and how it will meet the needs of physicians in the 21st Century and beyond.