Liverpool Science Park15 April 2013
Ryder Architecture’s four storey £7m Innovation Centre 3 at Liverpool Science Park started on site on 18 March 2013.
The 3750 sqm flexible office and commercial laboratory accommodation builds on the success of the two previous science park innovation centres and completes the Metropolitan Cathedral campus, terminating the vista from the urban parkland to the south and creating a focus for the science park community.
Chris Musson, chief executive of Liverpool Science Park, said “The demand for this specialist accommodation in a supportive environment is high, and our campus provides a very attractive offer - high quality accommodation, business support, and links to the region’s specialist experts at the universities - all in a city centre location. The additional flexible office and laboratory space will be a great asset to the city region and reinforce the message that Liverpool is a world-class destination for commercial knowledge enterprise.”
Innovation Centre 3 (ic3), which merges with Innovation Centre 1 (ic1) at the upper two levels to maximise the efficiency of internal circulation, will provide adaptable office suites in a range of sizes and fully serviced laboratories with communal support facilities.
Ryder’s simple and elegant design is based on two contrasting but complimentary elements – a sharp edged rectilinear block that cantilevers out to face the main paths through the campus and a flowing organic form that snakes across to form the link with ic1. The cantilever box will be solidly clad in dark grey linear rainscreen panels, whilst a contrasting mix of clear and translucent/frosted Reglit panels will clothe the curvature and fluidity of the organic form.
Gareth Callen of Ryder Architecture said “We designed ic3 to have an identity of its own whilst complimenting the existing ic1 building and being sensitive to the adjacent Grade 11* Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This crisp new addition to the site also has to define the southern edge of the urban park between the Cathedral, JMU Design Academy and Innovation Centre 2.”
The contractor is Morgan Sindall and construction is due to be completed in Spring 2014.