Fly through Liverpool’s £1bn Paddington Village Scheme

by Tom Alsop
25th October 2018

Liverpool City Region’s Knowledge Quarter have produced an animated ‘flythrough’ CGI film to show the world how the Paddington Village could change the face of the city.

The site, which was formerly the location of the Archbishop Blanch school, is being reimagined as an international science and technology hub, with an array of new buildings, including one inspired by the human spine.

Diggers and cranes are already working on two projects on the site and work on a third has just begun.

Another new development at the site was also recently revealed – the ‘Rutherford Diagnostics high-tech medical centre’ which will carry out world-leading medical research.

To mark the announcement of the Rutherford Diagnostics Centre, the team at Knowledge Quarter Liverpool has released the video below to show people how the scheme will look when complete.


One of the most distinctive buildings you can see in the video is The Spine, where work started this month.

The Spine will become the state-of-the-art Northern home of the Royal College of Physicians, a major global investment was seen as a massive coup for Liverpool and its healthcare sector.

The Spine’s distinctive design will include a “exoskeleton” constructed from cladding, which is inspired by the pattern of human skin cells. The building’s staircase will resemble the vertebrae in a human spine, when viewed from the outside.

Proton Partners is building the Rutherford Cancer Centre next door in Paddington Village, to offer proton beam therapy treatment.

Mike Moran, chief executive of Proton Partners International, said: “This centre aspires to be a leader in the prediction, prevention and earliest possible detection of disease, as well as being equipped to conduct the most complex of diagnostic tests across a wide range of conditions.”

And Knowledge Quarter chief executive Colin Sinclair added: “This is yet more proof of the demand for space for science, technology, health and education occupiers in the Knowledge Quarter and across the city region. This is world-leading, cutting-edge diagnostics treatment.”

The most advanced building project at the site is the new Liverpool International College, which will house and teach overseas students preparing for life at the University of Liverpool. Its concrete frame is well under way and it’s planned the centre will open next year.

Colin Sinclair said talks were under way with potential tenants for the other proposed buildings you can see in the video, he said: “We’re so encouraged by the appetite of business and the public sector to work with us on Paddington Village that we just need to keep finding more space really.

“It’s a great success story for Liverpool. The Spine is the first speculative office scheme in Liverpool for a long time. Not only is it the first, but it will be one of the best the city and the North has ever seen.”

For more information on Liverpool City Region’s Paddington Village click here.

Tom Alsop
Tom Alsop
Investment Officer
25th October 2018

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