As part of a £1m refurbishment of Liverpool Science Park (LSP) , this is the debut development for Sciontec, which secured investment from property giants Bruntwood SciTech in May last year. With the use of a striking exposed steel frame, a full height green wall and bespoke interactive lighting installation, a new main entrance has been created directly on Mount Pleasant, facing the corner of Hope Street.
There is a new industrial-themed breakout/lounge space, complete with pop-up café facility, large sliding doors leading out to a landscaped seating area and the Cathedral Piazza and impressive windows showcasing the incredible technology being used in the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s futuristic robotics lab.
Located at the heart of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool), LSP has remained open throughout the pandemic, enabling its customers to play their part in the city’s economic recovery.
Professor Dame Janet Beer, Chair of Sciontec and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said: “The completion of the LSP entrance marks an exciting moment for the Sciontec partners and demonstrates our commitment to maintaining investment in our existing portfolio as well as new science and tech spaces. This project marks the start of many more exciting developments for KQ Liverpool in the coming year”
Leanne Katsande, Commercial Manager at LSP, said: “We’re blown away with the quality and design of the new entrance and are delighted that we’ve been able to work with Land Coffee to create, what is in our eyes, the best pop-up coffee shop in Liverpool. Their brand and ethos fit perfectly with our own and has created the perfect environment for innovation, invention and creativity to thrive.”
The new entrance further compliments the other fantastic customer amenities within the building, including the fitness suite, yoga and pilates classes and a whole host of meeting and events spaces.
The scheme, designed by K2 Architects, was completed by Braithwaite Fit Out and features an incredible light installation, which will use specialist interactive technology to demonstrate KQ Liverpool’s strengths in science, health, education, and culture. Bruntwood SciTech, a shareholder in Sciontec – alongside the University of Liverpool (UoL), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Liverpool City Council – project managed the works, bringing their invaluable experience and expertise to the scheme.
Colin Forshaw, Regional Director at Bruntwood, said: “Leading on the first Sciontec project has been a pleasure. Even during these unprecedented times, we have manged to complete a scheme that is not only designed for the occupier of today but has future proofed LSP for years to come.
“The mental health and physical wellbeing of our customers is of upmost importance to us, which is why we have invested so heavily with the biophilia, living wall and the introduction of natural lighting and airflow.”
LSP comprises of three buildings, iC1, iC2 and IC3, and is home to the Manufacturing Technology Centre, the Innovation Agency, Liverpool Health Partners, the University of Liverpool labs, LJMU Astrophysics and over 60 thriving start-ups and SMEs