A new name has been revealed for the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) £35 million northern headquarters in Liverpool.
The announcement comes as three shortlisted hotel companies are also confirmed for a new Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) hotel, and a company is created to oversee investment and development in the district.
The 160,000 sq ft RCP North base in the area’s Paddington Village will be officially known as ‘The Spine’ when it opens in 2020, taking its name from a staircase on the building’s north elevation (pictured) that resembles human vertebrae.
As highlighted by the RCP’s deputy chief executive Clive Constable in a recent Move Commercial interview, it’s envisaged that the building will achieve the international WELL standard for its health and wellbeing credentials.
Professor Jane Dacre, president of the RCP, says: “The development of our new Liverpool home is really beginning to gather pace and the confirmation of its name feels like another important step forward.
“The building will bring high quality research, medical training, examination and conference facilities to the city, marking a crucial milestone in our objective to work more closely with our regional members.”
The workspace will be developed as part of KQ Liverpool’s £1bn Paddington Village scheme, which is being delivered by Morgan Sindall in partnership with Liverpool City Council.
A 250-bed hotel and serviced apartment scheme has also been proposed for the scheme and the city council has this week, following a competitive process, appointed Ryder Architects to develop the accommodation.
The local authority has also shortlisted the hotel companies Accor, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group for the complex and will commence the procurement of the hotel’s operator and design, with a view to announce the final hotel consortia in late summer 2018.
Meanwhile, the formation of a new company to oversee investment and development in the city’s science and tech buildings has been announced at this week’s MIPIM international property exhibition in Cannes.
The Knowledge Quarter Development Company (KQDC) is being created by Liverpool City Council, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, who will each be equal partners in the company as it’s responsible for updating the district’s science and technology facilities and delivering new workspace and lab developments.