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Health and wellbeing key features of new RCP North in Liverpool

As phase 1 of RCP North begins to gather pace, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has revealed designs for its new iconic building in Liverpool.

Designed by AHR Architects, it will incorporate features that directly relate to positive health and wellbeing. The RCP will occupy half of the 140,000 sq ft building – following its completion by construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall.

The £35 million development will occupy a prime position in the heart of Paddington Village, part of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool). With large, open-air spaces and flexible floor plates, the new building will enable RCP fellows and members across the north to meet and work collaboratively. 

RCP president Professor Jane Dacre said:

We are extremely grateful for the way in which we have been welcomed and encouraged to set up our northern base in Liverpool, and for the generous support that has been offered from the key organisations to make this possible.

To have made this much progress in such a short amount of time demonstrates the dynamism of the Liverpool organisations in driving collaboration to support healthcare, education and science.

Phase 1 is already underway, with the bespoke fitout progressing, and a small team of people are now occupying the space in the William Henry Duncan building, part of the University of Liverpool's central campus.

Janet Beer, vice chancellor of the University of Liverpool and chair of KQ Liverpool, said:

Inspired by the desire to provide services closer to its northern fellows and members, the Royal College of Physicians is entering an exciting new chapter of its incredible 500-year history by setting up a centre of clinical excellence in Liverpool.

Artist's impression of the new RCP North building in Liverpool

RCP North has been made possible by a series of strong and generous partnerships between Liverpool City Council (LCC), the University of Liverpool, KQ Liverpool and Liverpool Health Partners.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:

The signing of RCP North was a key moment for KQ Liverpool and underlined the international importance of the site. I’m delighted to see the RCP are creating a building befitting the aspirations and ambitions we all have to make KQ Liverpool a world leader in its field and a major engine of the city’s economy.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of Liverpool Health Partners and former president of the RCP, commented further:

We are delighted to see the RCP’s inspirational journey to the north gather pace. Since spearheading the successful bid to bring RCP to Liverpool City Region we would like to congratulate all partner organisations for their hard work in making phase 1 and phase 2 happen.

Next year we look forward to celebrating 500 years of the RCP and we will continue to implement the £2 billion, 5-year plan that will see Liverpool City Region’s Knowledge Quarter become a global leader in the fields of biomedical science, research and education.

Follow @RCPLondon on Twitter for the latest news about #RCPNorth.

Notes to editors

The development in detail

Phase 1 – June–September 2017

The RCP’s first home in Liverpool is on two floors of the William Henry Duncan Building, owned by the University of Liverpool and situated on the university campus. The RCP’s Mersey and North Western regional office has moved in as the first RCP department and, over the next few months, parts of the two floors will be converted into more offices and into spaces suitable for our clinical examination PACES, educational courses and meetings.

Later in 2017, when the rest of the office is fitted out, there will be some 35–40 desks available for RCP staff, with meeting rooms.

The official opening will be on the evening of 10 October, with a reception hosted by RCP president Professor Jane Dacre for invited guests. The very next day will see the first PACES exam and an educational event.

Phase 2 – summer 2020 

In partnership with Liverpool City Council (LCC), the RCP will have a permanent presence in a brand new iconic building – of which the RCP will occupy 70,000 sq ft. Following an architectural competition, Morgan Sindall, the construction and infrastructure company, has appointed AHR Architects to design RCP North.

The RCP has appointed CBRE as commercial property consultants to support the design process.

The next few months are crucial as the RCP, LCC, Morgan Sindall and CBRE work together to decide on the key features of the building and how it will meet the needs of physicians in the 21st century and beyond.

Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool)

The plans for the 450-acre Knowledge Quarter, which encompasses the university, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool John Moores University and the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, with the resultant health campus, will see it become a world-class destination for science, innovation, education, technology, and the creative and performing arts.  

Among the highlights of the £2 billion, 5-year plan is Paddington Village, a 1.8 million sq ft health, education science and residential development space on the site of the former Archbishop Blanch school, and a brand new KQ Liverpool railway station connected to Liverpool’s underground network.

The RCP’s neighbours will include Liverpool International College, which operates through a partnership between the university and Kaplan, and the Rutherford Cancer Centre, which offers pioneering proton beam therapy. 

The RCP will also be inviting other medical royal colleges, specialty societies and medical organisations to take up space in RCP North to create a medical hub.


Images available to accompany this release include artists' impressions of the phase 2 new building, plans of the conversion of phase 1 and site plans for both phases.  


For further information and interviews please contact:

Linda Cuthbertson
RCP head of PR and public affairs

Michael Doran
Liverpool City Council communications manager

Sally Bloor
KQ Liverpool marketing manager

Greg Woodley
Liverpool Health Partners communications lead

Ruth Cobban
Senior account manager, Influential (representing Morgan Sindall)