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News archive - January 2012
BioCampus aims to emulate Silicon Valley
PLANS have been submitted to Liverpool City Council for the first phase of a two million sq ft project that aims to give Liverpool a new global economic identity.
The Liverpool BioInnovation Centre is the first step towards the creation of a city centre BioCampus that will place Liverpool alongside Boston and Singapore as a leading international centre for the Life Sciences.
The BioCampus will create up to 5,000 high tech/high value jobs and is being driven by a partnership between the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and other partners. The project is being backed by the City Council, Liverpool Vision and The Mersey Partnership, and was highlighted in the recent report from Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy as the City’s number one economic development objective.
The current planning application for the Liverpool BioInnovation Centre will create a 70,000 sq ft building with commercial scale laboratory space where new treatments and technologies can be tested and developed for the commercial market place.
Chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Tony Bell says the BioInnovation Centre is the catalyst to realising the wider vision for the BIoCampus. “The key to successful knowledge economies is being able to connect academic and specialist research assets to emerging technologies that have major market potential, which is the Silicon Valley model and it’s something that the BioCampus has been designed to emulate.”
Following completion of planning and an ERDF funding process, work on the Liverpool BioInnovation Centre could commence any time from the middle of the year with completion expected by early 2014. The following phases of the BioCampus project will be delivered in concert with the construction of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Partners believe that the completed two million sq ft development could be completed by 2025.
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