22nd January 2020

A key milestone at The Spine – the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP’s) £35m northern headquarters in Paddington Village – has been reached.

‘The Spine’ Topping Out Ceremony

The 160,000 sq ft building is being worked on by Morgan Sindall Construction after being designed by AHR.

Its lower and upper floors will be occupied by the RCP, which represents more than 37,000 doctors throughout the world. It will also act as the organisation’s centre of excellence for the region.

A topping out event has been held, as work continues towards a 2021 opening. Richard Potts, Morgan Sindall Construction’s area director for Liverpool, said:

“Through KQ Liverpool, the council is helping to drive the Liverpool City Region’s economy forward by focusing on knowledge-intensive jobs in science, education, healthcare and technology.

“This bold approach will prove crucial to the future growth of the city’s economy, and we’re very proud to be playing a key role in this through our work at Paddington Village.”

City Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson attended the topping out ceremony, held when constructors place the final beam on a building. He said:

“The Spine is a stunning building and very much reflects the 21st century.”Its unique design and distinctive look also symbolises the ambitions we have for Paddington Village – to create an innovation district to rival any in the UK and Europe.

“I’m delighted the RCP will be calling this their northern home. They are joining a fantastic roster of world class institutions and am sure will help attract others to join them.”

“The topping out event on Tuesday was attended by representatives of Morgan Sindall Construction, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, KQ Liverpool and the RCP.

It’s hoped that the Spine’s “unique” layout and design will help the RCP’s healthcare professionals and staff, designed with the health and wellbeing of its occupiers as a priority.

Read more about the building and the wider Paddington Village development on the KQ Liverpool website HERE.

22nd January 2020