Science City Can Lead UK

LIVERPOOL residents are being urged to give feedback on a major £1 billion masterplan which will see the city become Britain’s science engine-room. The consultation exercise has begun for the development, Paddington Village, which lies less than a mile from the city centre, is the flagship development of Liverpool’s new Knowledge Quarter (KQ Liverpool) and aims to create an estimated 10,000 new highly skilled jobs. To guide its progress a draft Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) has been created. This will focus on creating a world-class investment environment for knowledge-based businesses and a new vibrant residential neighbourhood. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, announced the establishment of KQ Liverpool as one of five Mayoral Development Zones at the International Festival of Business (IFB) in June. He said: “Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter is an absolute game changer for the city in terms of job creation and investment and will redefine our reputation as a world leading centre for research. ‘’Paddington Village is the flagship development for KQ Liverpool and plans for it are hugely ambitious as befitting its status. ‘’The Spatial Regeneration Framework is a vital tool in spelling out how we will develop Paddington Village and this public consultation is key to its success.’’ Situated in sight of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital, Paddington Village consists of three zones across a 30-acre site:
  • Paddington Central (Phase 1) – At the heart of Paddington Village, the tall buildings will complement the adjacent University buildings. Paddington Central will include a new Urban Square.
  • Paddington South (Phase 2) – Paddington South will be largely residential and educational and will deliver medium to high density development. New green space will provide a relaxing environment, a contrast to the busier Paddington Central.
  • Paddington North (Phase 3) – This area is predominantly residential and fronts on to Kensington Fields. Development in this area will complement the scale and form of Kensington Fields and will accommodate existing community facilities.
Occupiers already secured for Paddington Central are the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) for a Northern Centre of Excellence, and a 45,000 sf ft ‘live-learn facility’ for Liverpool International College made up of flats and lecture halls. The arrival of the RCP will signal the start of phase one of the 10-year development site, encompassing 1.8m sq ft. Phases 2 and 3 are longer term and there will be a need to consider existing uses on the site alongside new development.
  • Paddington Village, broadly triangular in shape, is bounded by Grove Street and Low Hill to the west, Oxford Street to the south and Mason Street/Hall Lane to the east and lies less than a mile from Lime Street station. The site is also earmarked to host a new train station to connect it to the Merseyrail network.
The consultation with the public runs until 5pm on Friday, December 23 and can be viewed at www.liverpool.gov.uk/paddington A public exhibition of the plans will be shown at Kensington Fields Community Centre on Tuesday, 22 November from 2pm to 7pm.