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Plans lodged for Liverpool’s first operational net zero building

by Sion Geschwindt

Sciontec has submitted plans for the next Paddington Village office, billed as the Liverpool City Region’s first operational net zero carbon 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.

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

Pending approval, construction will begin on the site, which is owned by Liverpool City Council, in summer 2023. Completion is expected in summer 2025.

Plans submitted for Liverpool's first operational net zero building
A 3D render of the Hemisphere building (credit: Sciontec)

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of Sciontec, said: “HEMISPHERE will be Sciontec’s first new build project and one which will enhance our existing provision of high-quality workspace for leading health, science, technology, and digital businesses in the Liverpool City Region.

“HEMISPHERE will also generate a wide range of economic, social, and environmental benefits for the local area, and together with our partners, we are proud to be developing a unique building with innovative amenities that support health, social and cultural well-being.”

The building has been designed to achieve a Platinum Well standard, is aiming for a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’ and is expected to achieve the principles of an operational net-zero carbon building.

Plans submitted for Liverpool's first operational net zero building
The interior of the proposed development (credit: Sciontec)

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is also supporting the development, already having invested £12m in Paddington Village for enabling works.

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “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.”

Sciontec is a joint venture between partners Bruntwood SciTech, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool John Moores University, and the University of Liverpool.

An artists’s impression of the Hemisphere building at night (credit: Daniel Hopkinson/Sciontec)


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