Morgan Sindall win £47m contract to expand Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter

Morgan Sindall has been chosen by Liverpool City Council to deliver two projects as part of a planned £1 billion extension to the city’s Knowledge Quarter.

Located off Smithtown Lane, the Paddington Village scheme will be developed into three plots; Paddington North, Paddington Central and Paddington South.

The first phase of work on the 30-acre site will start in the summer. The plans, worth £12 million, will involve the installation of infrastructure, creation of public realm across the predominantly brownfield site and the creation of development plots to make them market-ready.

During the second phase, Morgan Sindall will design and build a new £35 million Northern Centre of Excellence for the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

RCP is expected to take almost half of the available 140,000 sq ft state-of-the-art space, and work with LCC to find other associated institutions and life science businesses to let the remainder.

Pre-construction has already started, with the building due to handover in late 2019.

The work, procured through the North West Construction Hub framework, is part of the local authority’s vision to build on Liverpool’s life science sector, attracting investment, creating knowledge-intensive jobs and cementing the city region as an international destination of significance for the life-science, healthcare and technology industries.

Morgan Sindall area director in the North West, Barry Roberts, added: “Operating in such close proximity to universities and hospitals, innovative companies – from start-up to blue chip – have great access to both academic research, and a patient base for clinical trials. There’s a genuine opportunity for meaningful collaboration.

“The companies and organisations working in these sectors need tailored-space. Whether that’s state-of-the-art laboratories or connected workspaces, the facilities we build will match the ambition and innovativeness of their end users.

“The council’s strategy to drive the Liverpool city region’s economy forward by focusing on knowledge-intensive jobs in science, education, healthcare and technology industries will have a transformative effect on the region. It’s an incredibly exciting time for the city and Morgan Sindall is proud to be playing our part in supporting it.”

Colin Sinclair, chief executive, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, said: “Working with the city council and Knowledge Quarter partners we’re creating an urban village at Paddington, a place where people can live, work and socialise and a place where innovation and creativity are encouraged.

“We welcome the appointment of Morgan Sindall, whose social values are in keeping with our desire to build a community and integrate the village with the local residents.”

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