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Old January 13th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #1
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Liverpool BioCampus.

New £28m BioInnovation Centre plan for Liverpool is unveiled



PLANS for the first phase of a huge project which aims to turn Liverpool into a global centre for life sciences research have been submitted to the city council.

It is hoped the Liverpool BioInnovation Centre will start the influx of 5,000 scientists and technology experts to work on the fringe of the city centre.

It will sit alongside the planned new £451m Royal Liverpool Hospital – on the old Royal site.

Supporters of the scheme believe it is as vital to the future prosperity of the region as Peel’s £5.5bn Liverpool Waters skyscraper scheme to regenerate the city’s docklands.

The £28m centre is designed to be the first step towards the creation of a “BioCampus” that could eventually place Liverpool alongside Boston and Singapore as a leading international centre for the Life Sciences.

The five-storey BioInnovation Centre is planned for a site just down the hill from the current Royal Hospital at the junction of Prescot Road and Daulby Street.

It will create 70,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art laboratory space – the equivalent of 23 tennis courts.

And it can be built before the new Royal is ready. If the BioInnovation centre wins planning permission it is expected to open in 2014, two years ahead of the new hospital.

The BioCampus is a partnership between the Royal, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The campus would reinforce the Royal’s links with the University of Liverpool and drug companies, encouraging innovation and investment.

Chief executive of the Royal Tony Bell said: “This is an exciting and significant moment as the BioInnovation Centre is the catalyst that will enable us to realise the wider vision for the BioCampus.

“The key to successful knowledge economies is being able to connect academic and specialist research assets to emerging technologies that have major market potential, which is the Silicon Valley model and it’s something that the BioCampus has been designed to emulate.

“The new Royal Liverpool University Hospital will provide the opportunity to fully develop the BioCampus.” and the development will provide the ability to carry out research in clinical environments.”

The city already plays a leading role in researching new treatments for diseases like HIV and cancer, but the campus could help small companies then trial and develop the drugs into finished products – keeping all the investment within the city and creating jobs.

Health bosses said it could lead to the discovery and development of breakthrough drugs to treat some of the world’s most devastating diseases.

It is hoped that up-and-coming pharmaceuticals company RedX Pharma, which is currently based in the nearby MerseyBio incubator base, will become the anchor tenant in the new building.

The company recently won £5.9m from the government’s regional growth fund.

A present many companies are successfully based at MerseyBio, but when they need more lab space are forced to leave Liverpool because of a lack of commercial scale space in the city.

Provexis is one such example, having announced they were quitting Liverpool in December.

RedX Pharma chief executive, Dr Neil Murray said: “The BioCampus is the right development in the right place.

“Our success and growth is undoubtedly to do with where we are, the networks we are involved in, and the knowledge, expertise and innovation that is located within this area.

“This is a unique alignment of assets that can generate enormous prosperity and prestige for the city.”

Helen Jackson, director of strategy at the Royal, is leading the project.

She is currently putting together funding the scheme, which involves a bid for £14m from the European Regional Development Fund.

The schemes partners would be expected to contribute the other £14m.

Work on the BioInnovation Centre could commence in mid-2012 with completion expected by early 2014.

The later phases of the BioCampus would be built in concert with the construction of the new Royal.

The whole BioCampus could be completed by 2025, providing employment for 5,000 people.

Liverpool council leader Joe Anderson said: there was a strong affinity between the project and city’s own history.

He said: “We are inventive and pioneering but we are also a compassionate and humanitarian city. The treatments and technologies pioneered here will create employment and prosperity for Liverpool, but will transform lives across the globe. We are building an economy for life.”

“This is a sector where Liverpool has, without doubt, a world-class offer and a unique competitive edge. “In terms of scale the economic potential of the BioCampus is on a par with Salford’s Media City, but in terms of importance and human value it’s on another level.”

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Old January 13th, 2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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Good man. I felt this deserved a new thread and was just coming to create one myself.

This looks like a fantastic prospect. In terms of jobs, this is precisely what we need.

It is also architecture that is finally getting towards what we should be looking at. The Eco Halls were hamstring by having to conform to local design materials, but this is clearly a building of the future and of a suitable scale as well. That sort of size should really be the absolute minimum for buildings around there.

I have to say, I love a bit of cantilever action too.

From the Planning Explorer -

Application Number - 12F/0030
Site Address - Royal Liverpool University Hospital Prescot Road Liverpool L7 8XP
Proposal - To erect a new build research and development centre (B10 innovation centre use class B1); internal new road alignments; car park; and soft and hard landscaping at Liverpool Royal Hospital, Daulby Street
Applicant - Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

http://northgate.liverpool.gov.uk/Pl...px?PT=Planning Applications On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=806972&XSLT=/PlanningExplorer17/SiteFiles/Skins/Liverpool_M3/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning Application Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/PlanningExplorer17/SiteFiles/Skins/Liverpool_M3/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING
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Old January 13th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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Great stuff.

It is hoped the Liverpool BioInnovation Centre will start the influx of 5,000 scientists......

“In terms of scale the economic potential of the BioCampus is on a par with Salford’s Media City, but in terms of importance and human value it’s on another level.” .......

The whole BioCampus could be completed by 2025, providing employment for 5,000..... people.


So let's tuck it away on page 9 of the Echo then.

On the positive side though, would it be too much to ask for all those 'could happen' quotes turned into a 'will happen' reality? With some government support, it should be very feasible.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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This is a great snippet of news and another example of a bit of joined up thinking, the viable future of liverpool as a prosperous, growing city depends on projects like this!

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Old January 13th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #5
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Fantastic news.

But bizarre that the address on the planning application and in our blessed local rag is wrong.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 01:38 PM   #6
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This is hugely important for the future of the city. Young prosperous people.

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Old January 14th, 2012, 10:23 PM   #7
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Fantastic news.

But bizarre that the address on the planning application and in our blessed local rag is wrong.
Haha Joe I see what you mean! Prescot road,tut tut! Let's hope this doesn't slow the build up at all! This development is of particular interest as I work in the Duncan building which I think will be at the back of this development,at least until its pulled down! Many thanks Paul for creating the thread!
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Old January 19th, 2012, 04:46 PM   #8
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Liverpool biocampus plans could pave way for Merseyside Silicon Valley in life science sector

LIVERPOOL’S biocampus could become a “Silicon Valley” for the life sciences sector – that’s the ambitious aim of the team behind the project.

The scheme is being driven by a partnership between the Royal Liverpool Hospital, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The campus will sit alongside the planned new £451m Royal and will bring together the expertise of medics, academics and biotech companies in a regenerated city centre location that could house thousands of skilled workers.

Tony Bell, chief executive of the Royal, said: “The key to successful knowledge economies is being able to connect academic and specialist research assets to emerging technologies that have major market potential, which is the Silicon Valley model and it’s something the biocampus has been designed to emulate.”

The biocampus will take years to complete – but work on its first building, the Liverpool BioInnovation Centre, could start within a year.

The five-storey centre at the junction of Prescot Road and Daulby Street will include 70,000 sq ft of laboratory space for growing pharmaceutical firms.

If it wins planning permission, the centre could open in 2014 – and Redx Pharma, which could by then have more than 100 staff, will then move in. The centre will solve one problem facing the city’s biotech sector – a lack of space in which to grow.

Several firms that started at incubation centre Merseybio have had to leave the city thanks to a lack of lab space. Such firms may soon be able to move to the biocampus.

Meanwhile another development, in north Liverpool, could help to solve another challenge facing the sector.

The government last year approved the creation of the North Liverpool Life Science University Technical College (UTC). It will teach hundreds of 14 to 19 year-olds the vocational skills they need to win work in the biotech sector.

Redx chief executive, Dr Neil Murray, said: “The UK has a very substantial number of high-level graduates coming through the academic system.

“But, speaking about life sciences specifically, there’s a chronic shortage of vocationally trained people, who are qualified to work in labs in necessary and valuable positions – technician-level staff.

“That skills gap doesn’t exist elsewhere in Europe, principally in central Europe. It’s a job that in Germany or Switzerland they call a laborant – it’s a highly-skilled occupation.

“We need to create in this city a generation of people who have the skills to support what we’re trying to achieve in bioscience.”

Alan Welby, knowledge economy champion at The Mersey Partnership, wants to see the biocampus house dozens of small companies.

He said: “In 10 years’ time, two or three could be global multi-nationals, based here. If we get the right mix in place, we have got something that is national and world class.”

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Rubbish photos but here they are.







Interesting to see they are planning for the overall biocampus to be much bigger than this building. They have alluded to it in the media, but the planning docs show that, excluding the hospital, there could be well over 500,000 sq.ft in this campus.


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Old January 21st, 2012, 09:00 PM   #10
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Good to see Merseytram is still in the picture!!




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Cheers Doug. I was wondering exactly where this was going to be.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:51 PM   #12
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Portakabins being erected in the Duncan building car park on daulby street,anyone know what's going on?
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Old February 19th, 2012, 08:58 PM   #13
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Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter to be promoted by agency DHA

COMMUNICATIONS agency DHA has been signed up to promote Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter as a “globally recognised investment location of excellence”.

The organisations driving the development of the area, including Liverpool Vision, want DHA to promote the area’s past successes and its plans for the future.

The quarter includes Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool Science Park, the city’s universities, the National Oceanographic Centre and the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

And the area is set to be transformed by further projects, including the £451m new Royal and associated BioCampus.

DHA communications director Jon Flinn said: “There are some fantastic stories in the Knowledge Quarter and we will be working with partners to get them out to audiences far and wide.

“The main thing for us is to show just how Liverpool Knowledge Quarter adds up to far more than the sum of its parts and we’ll be helping partners make the point by developing a new platform for them to share their expertise and knowledge more publicly.”

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Recommended for approval on 13th March. Quick turnaround this one.

Good news.
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PLANS for a new £28m biocampus were approved by Liverpool city leaders last night.



The biocampus, part of the Royal Liverpool Hospital redevelopment, will bring highly-skilled jobs to the Liverpool and make the city a “centre of global excellence in biomedical sciences”, hospital bosses said.

The building will have 35 laboratories over five floors and will be open 24 hours a day.

NHS Trust planning advisor Gary Lynch told the meeting: “This is a £28m new centre that will provide state of the art space and world-class facilities to enable early-stage life sciences to develop and expand.”

He added that the NHS trust agreed with council leader Cllr Joe Anderson’s vision that the biocampus, combined with the £451m regeneration of the Royal, would put the city’s ‘knowledge quarter’ on a par with Media City in Salford as a hub of excellence.

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Cancer treatment research centre opens in Liverpool


A ground-breaking cancer research centre has opened in Liverpool.

Scientists at Redx Oncology are working on a five-year programme developing drugs to treat a variety of cancers.

The laboratory is based at the University of Liverpool, but will move to the £28m BioInnovation Centre which is due to open on Prescot Road in 2014.


The centre is a partnership between the Royal Liverpool Hospital, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The Merseyside pharmaceutical company Redx was given a £5.9m from the government's Regional Growth Fund in October to help fund its research.

It has so far created 120 science-based jobs in the city.

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Life Science Think Tank Created to Promote Liverpool

A new Think Tank is being founded to spearhead Liverpool’s strategy to become a global centre for Life Science.

The industry-led body is being created by the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool Vision, and other key partners involved in the delivery of the Liverpool BioCampus project.

The BioCampus and The New Royal Hospital will be Liverpool City Centre’s biggest ever development project comprising of two million square feet, twice the size of Grosvenor’s Liverpool One project. It will create one of the UK’s biggest concentrations of academic, clinical and commercial Life Science assets.

The project is a key priority for Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision and partners including The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The BioCampus project will create up to 5,000 high value jobs by clustering together emerging and established Life Science and BioTech companies adjacent to world-class academic and clinical research facilities including the New Royal Hospital.

Chaired by Dr John Stageman OBE, the Think Tank will develop the vision, strategy for the BioCampus and Life Science sector learning from global best practice. Its core aim is to realise the potential of Liverpool exceptional assets and establish the City alongside Boston and Singapore as a leading international centre for Life Science.

Dr Stageman has built up vast industry experience with roles at Astra Zeneca and Medimmune Cambridge, and has a significant national profile as the Chair of Biomedical Catalyst, announced earlier this year. He has played an influential role nationally and regionally in supporting the development of this key economic sector.

Judith Greensmith, Chairman of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted that Dr Stageman has agreed to chair the group and we believe his experience and perspective will be invaluable in helping us deliver the BioCampus project and help Liverpool seize this unique opportunity. We believe that the Life Science sector could become Liverpool’s Big Idea, it’s an area of unique expertise that could be the driver for a world-class knowledge economy. ”

The membership of the group is still being finalised and the first meeting will take place later this year. The aim is to bring together acknowledged industry leaders and experts who will work with project partners and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust to drive and deliver the BioCampus Vision.

The New Royal Hospital is an absolutely vital element in the vision, providing an essential clinical research component, and creating the physical space for the BIoCampus following demolition of the existing hospital buildings. The vision for the new hospital is about more than a new state-of-the-art building. It aims transform health provision in the city by setting new standards of care, including single occupancy rooms for all patients, longer and more convenient opening times for clinics and new cutting-edge diagnostic tools and treatments. The Royal has been working closely with patients and commissioners to design new care models with more services delivered in the community and patients homes

The preferred bidder to build the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital will be announced later this year.

Diane Wake, Acting Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The New Royal will be at the heart of innovation and change in Liverpool. It will be an integral element in the evolution of a transformed health service for Liverpool people, and it is the catalyst for the delivery of one of the City’s most important economic development projects.”
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BioCampus will be Liverpool's MediaCity – Anderson

Flagship developments like the city's BioCampus will be as vital to Liverpool as MediaCity is to Salford, Mayor Joe Anderson told an audience of business leaders this morning (26 October 2012).

He said ongoing developments in the city's knowledge quarter would position Liverpool as a major international centre for life sciences that could rival Boston and Singapore.

"The BioCampus is our investment in our ambition," Anderson said. "Two million sq ft encompassing one of Europe’s biggest cluster of bio-businesses, research facilities and a state of the art new teaching hospital.

"This is a development that is as vital to Liverpool’s knowledge economy as MediaCity is to Salford’s. In national and global terms it is undoubtedly more important, with the potential to establish Liverpool as a major international centre for life sciences that can in time rival Boston and Singapore."

Plans for a £28m BioInnovation Centre – the first part of the BioCampus ambition – were approved earlier this year. The scheme, which will have 35 laboratories over five floors, is expected to help to create 5,000 jobs.

Speaking at a breakfast summit, part of the Liverpool Knowledge Festival, Anderson added his Mayoral Development Zone, covering the knowledge quarter, would be vital in supporting the growth of the area. He also pledged to support businesses interested in becoming part of the BioCampus - but stressed that all sectors had to play their part.

"It’s about smart governance, not just from me and my colleagues in the public sector, but from you in the academic and private sectors," he said. "Robust partnership with a common goal is what will make this work."

Anderson added: "Complementing this cluster of innovation and invention is another element of our knowledge offer - our strong and vibrant digital and creative sector in the Ropewalks and Baltic areas of the city.

"We have real strengths in areas such as games development, music and digital media from the likes of Sound City, Lucid Games, Uniform and Milky Tea."

Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, chaired the breakfast event, while panellists included Dr Penny Attridge from SPARK Impact and Dr Neil Murray from Redx Pharma.

Redx Pharma last week secured a conditional offer of £4.7m from the government's Regional Growth Fund to help fund an initial two-year pre-clinical phase of a five year research and development project.

The research will create 119 skilled jobs directly at the company within chemistry, biochemistry and analytical testing and a further 28 specialist jobs within the wider supply chain over its lifetime.

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