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Liverpool’s first net zero building gets the nod

by Sion Geschwindt
Liverpool's first net zero building gets the nod

Liverpool City Council has granted planning for what is claimed to be the city’s first net zero in operation office building.

The eight-storey building, known as Hemisphere, will include 120,000 sq ft of office space along with a wellness studio, café, and collaboration spaces.

Developer Sciontec submitted plans for the project in July.

Sciontec is jointly owned by Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, and Bruntwood SciTech.

AHR Architects has designed the scheme, which sits within the wider Knowledge Quarter Liverpool.

Construction is expected to begin on the site in summer 2023. Completion is expected in summer 2025.

A 3D render of the Hemisphere building (credit: Sciontec)

Colin Sinclair, CEO at Sciontec, said: “We are promising to make Hemisphere the most cycling commuter-friendly workspace in the city centre, by not only including 166 secure cycle spaces but all e-bike charging facilities, drying facilities, changing rooms and showers for cyclists.

“What’s more, our future customers at Hemisphere will also benefit from a wellness studio and yoga classes, as well as KQ Liverpool’s range of innovation services.”

When the plans were lodged in July, Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, commented: “With world leading industry clusters in infectious disease control, materials chemistry, and AI, all on our doorstep, we have a thriving innovation economy.

“But to keep it growing, it’s vital that we are able to offer businesses the high-tech, sustainable office space they need to flourish and catapult our area to the forefront of UK innovation. HEMISPHERE will help take us there – and I can’t wait to see it start to take shape.”

Image credit: Sciontec

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