Liverpool sets out plan for city’s first net zero carbon building

The first steps to deliver Liverpool’s first operational net zero carbon building will be taken next week.

A report to Liverpool City Council’s cabinet is recommending the council enter into an agreement with Sciontec Developments Limited (Sciontec) that will pave the way for the next landmark building on Paddington Village, in the heart of the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) Innovation District.

To be called HEMISPHERE, the proposed £35m building will feature 116,000 square feet of innovative Grade A office space for health, education, science and tech occupiers.

HEMISPHERE will be situated next to The Spine which, since opening in May this year, has won a hatful of design and construction awards, and is now internationally recognised as one of the healthiest buildings in the world.

The eco-friendly building will be delivered by Sciontec, the KQ Liverpool spin-out development company, which is seeking to establish similar design credentials as The Spine. It will aim to achieve an excellent rating for BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). Just 10% of buildings in the UK have this rating.

HEMISPHERE, along with other key developments such as Festival Gardens, The Depot studios and Littlewoods Film Studios, also forms part of Liverpool’s 10 post-pandemic pledges to stimulate economic growth. 

The scheme also underpins Liverpool’s City Plan, which is a commitment from key public, private and voluntary sector partners to tackle inequalities to give everyone a better quality of life – regardless of background, identity or postcode.

The scheme, which will be subject to an independent valuation of the plot of land before a 150-year lease is granted to Sciontec, is seen as critical to the city’s recovery by encouraging job creation in the health, science, research and education sectors.

It is estimated HEMISPHERE will create up to 800 new jobs in the knowledge sector and support up to 100 apprenticeships during its construction phase.

Depending on cabinet approval, the next step after the agreement is entered into, would be for a planning application to be submitted in mid-2022 with an expectation that HEMISPHERE’S construction would begin later that year and be completed in late 2024.

Sciontec was established by Liverpool City Council, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, with Bruntwood SciTech joining as a fourth equal partner in May 2020. Its core mission is to build on Liverpool’s world leading strengths in education, medicine, science and technology by developing the best workspace and laboratories in the country and by bringing together and expanding Liverpool’s existing knowledge assets including Liverpool Science Park.

The investment in HEMISPHERE follows the initial £1m investment made in Liverpool Science Park by Sciontec in mid-2021. Sciontec has further expansion plans in 2022 with another project to create further science and technology workspace in KQ Liverpool to be announced in early-2022.

Councillor Sarah Doyle, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Development and Economy, said:

“For Liverpool’s post-pandemic economic recovery to succeed, we need to deliver high quality schemes that generate skilled jobs that are rooted in industries that reflect the needs of the 21st century.

“I’m delighted with the vision and ambition behind HEMISPHERE to be Liverpool’s first net zero carbon building. It would be a great addition to Paddington Village and would also provide Liverpool with much needed Grade A office space, giving people fantastic conditions to work in.

“There are a few steps to take before HEMISPHERE becomes a reality but its potential impact on our knowledge economy is exciting. It would also highlight how serious the city is in tackling climate change as well as attracting the brightest minds to develop cutting edge medical research.”

Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of Sciontec, said:

“HEMISPHERE will further build on the success of The Spine and the other recent developments at Paddington Village to create a world class destination for health, education, science and technology.

“This will not only help deliver highly skilled jobs for people within the KQ Liverpool Innovation District but for people all across the Liverpool City Region.”

The Good Business Festival 2022

Countdown begins to The Good Business Festival 2022!

Liverpool City Region’s festival spirit that has previously delivered unforgettable global events such as The International Festival for Business and One Magnificent City, and is showcasing the city to the world again this week at the G7 summit, will return in 2022 with The Good Business Festival.  

Major brands and inspiring leaders from business, media, music and academia are leading what is the world’s largest responsible business festival, formed around six showcase events across Liverpool City Region and culminating in three days of events running from 22 – 24 March 2022.

Powerful ideas and transformational change will be on the agenda as some of the smartest and sharpest minds on the planet lead presentations, panel discussions, workshops and knowledge sessions showcasing how businesses of every size and sector have prospered by being purpose-led. 

Since a digital version of the event took place in October 2020, The Good Business Festival has attracted global prominence for its imaginative blend of arts, culture and business focused on helping businesses future-proof themselves by adapting to new market realities and changing consumer and employee expectations.   

The Good Business Festival’s eagerly anticipated in-person return in 2022 will see events covering a range of topics, including housing, ethical consumerism, sustainable transport and ethical investment, as well as a focus on the young trailblazers who are designing sustainable systems for the future. 

The showcase events will take place in Sefton, St Helens, Halton, Wirral, Liverpool city centre and Knowsley.

Hosted across different quarters in the city centre, venues for next year’s events include Oh Me Oh My on Liverpool Waterfront, The Liverpool Guild of Students in the Knowledge Quarter, and CONTENT in the Baltic Triangle.

Major names taking part include Innocent, Arbonne, musician Louis VI, as well as Joe Iles from The Ellen MacArthur Foundation; Kelly Beaver from Ipsos Mori; Felicia Odamtten, Founder of The Black Economists Network; Jude Kelly CBE, CEO and Founder of The WOW Foundation; and Andrew Sandoz, CCO at Deloitte.

Joining them at the event to also share their insight will be a host of local businesses and speakers, including Joanne Holden, sustainability director at Peel L&P; Carl Beer, Chief Exec Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority; Dorcas Seb, multi-disciplinary artist; The Regenda Group, while Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram will also be speaking.

Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram said:

“The Good Business Festival has been on quite a journey since it was first launched. What was originally planned as a three-day summit has transformed into a programme of virtual and in-person events lasting more than a year. 

“We know that the Coronavirus pandemic has hammered people and businesses across our region and around the world but the time in lockdown last year also gave us an opportunity to pause and think about the kind of city region, and world, we want to build.

“Throughout the last few years, we’ve delivered an unprecedented package of support to protect and grow the local economy before, during and after COVID, and have launched projects like The Good Business Festival to reimagine, revitalise and reshape the way that we do business. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to be able to meet in person and have the festival we originally hoped for!”

The Good Business Festival showcase events, collectively known as Greater Good, will bring the event even closer to regional business audiences on a tour of interesting and unusual venues across Liverpool City Region’s boroughs. 

Councillor Janette Williamson, Deputy Metro Mayor, said: 

“Consumer expectations are changing faster than ever before, creating opportunities for those who understand what’s happening in the marketplace and risks for anyone who does not. 

“The Good Business Festival is an incredible opportunity for businesses of any size and in any sector to be inspired and see what can be achieved. We are very proud to take the festival and all that it offers around the city region and directly into every part of it. 

“This is a world class programme and it’s on our doorstep, ready to excite, inspire and challenge received wisdoms.”

Greater Good will focus on local good business issues with national and international significance, highlight pioneering local sectors and good business leadership and champion a greater understanding of purposeful business practices originating from each borough. 

Claire McColgan MBE, Director at Culture Liverpool, said:  

“The Greater Good events are an extremely exciting addition and will allow us to build momentum ahead of March. 

“Each regional event will complement a topic we’ll be tackling at the festival, taking expert thinking on important issues and translating it into relevant, practical and inspirational knowledge for local SMEs, business communities, start-ups and budding entrepreneurs.

“The events will be open to anyone to come and learn, teach and debate on the big topics of our time, whilst exploring one of the UK’s most exciting cities.”

As part of the build-up to the programme of events, renowned British photographer Rob Bremner has created In Good Company, an online exhibition showcasing local businesses that are already flying the flag for good business.

It includes a mix of homegrown talent, such as HomeBaked Bakery, CNC Robotics, Draw & Code, Agent Academy, Make CIC, Kitty’s Launderette, The Big Onion, and The Women’s Org with Kuumba Imani. 

Highlights to date for The Good Business Festival include the digital festival attracting audiences of thousands from across 43 countries, and the festival successfully hosting the first post pandemic face-to-face business event in Europe in April 2021. 

The event garnered worldwide attention for safely bringing the business community back together to build on the conversation about returning from the pandemic with purpose. 

In November 2021, the festival continued to play its part in tackling the world’s greatest challenges, by presenting at COP26 in Glasgow on behalf of the North West region, to highlight the importance of young people taking a leading role in business in the coming decade. 

Events will be curated by The Good Business Festival and run in collaboration with national and local partners.

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About The Good Business Festival   

The Good Business Festival is a pioneering business gathering taking place in Liverpool City Region. The festival will bring together the smartest minds from around the world to think big, galvanise our ambition and drive positive change, following the success of the digital event in October 2020. The festival brings perspectives from the worlds of arts, culture, science and economics to share the latest thinking, debate the big questions, and explore how business can solve the world’s greatest challenges. Through the thought-provoking and unexpected programming, the festival will bring voices from across society to explore the potential of business to improve lives, deliver meaningful change and realise a purpose beyond profit.