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Royal College of Physicians lit up blue in Liverpool and London to mark NHS72

On Saturday 4 July, the day before the NHS’s 72nd birthday, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) saw both of its two main buildings in London and Liverpool light up in blue in a moment of remembrance and reflection for all those we have lost to the coronavirus.

RCP at The Spine in Liverpool and RCP at Regent’s Park in London joined other iconic buildings across the country in lighting up blue. The gesture also acted as a mark of respect and tribute to NHS staff, key workers and everyone who has played their part during the pandemic.

RCP at The Spine is the first time in the college’s 500-year history that it is strengthening its membership engagement and impact nationwide with a symbolic second main home in the North. The Spine is by Liverpool City Council and being delivered by Morgan Sindall Construction, and is set to open next year.

This was the first time that the iconic structure will be illuminated across the Liverpool skyline for all to see.

The lighting up of the future Liverpool landmark was sponsored by project engineers A&B Engineering as a gesture of appreciation for the incredible service the NHS has delivered from 1948 to the present day.

Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians said: “While the NHS’s birthday is usually a time for celebration, this year has undoubtedly been the hardest our health service has faced, and we must take the time to remember and pay tribute to those who tragically lost their lives during the pandemic. Many of us have lost colleagues and friends who we miss greatly.”

Richard Potts, area director for Liverpool, Morgan Sindall Construction said: “Over the course of recent months the NHS has demonstrated why it is such a crucial part of our country. Lighting up The Spine is a small way for us to show our appreciation to all NHS staff while wishing the service a happy 72nd birthday.

“As well as being an iconic new building for Liverpool, The Spine will play a key role in supporting the development of the next generation of doctors and other medical professionals who will support the NHS in the years ahead. The work of such staff during the recent pandemic has been truly inspirational, and we’re really happy to offer this thank you to the whole NHS.”

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I’m delighted to see that The Spine is to be lit blue for the NHS’ 72nd birthday. We all owe the NHS a huge debt of gratitude, not just for the past seven decades but for everything its marvellous staff have done for the country these past few months. The Spine is a stunning addition to Liverpool’s landscape and is fast becoming a symbol for the city - and its future as a world-leading health research centre - and as the new northern home for The RCP, it’s only fitting it pays this tribute to the NHS.”

Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool said: “The Spine perfectly demonstrates Liverpool’s determination to put life sciences at the front of future innovation. It will be one of the world’s healthiest buildings and we are proud to be lighting it up to show our appreciation for our frontline NHS workers who have inspired us all with their tremendous dedication and hard work during the recent pandemic.”

Notes to editors

We are also encouraging people to take photos and share them via social media using the hashtags #LightItBlue and #ThankYouTogether.

On the NHS’ actual birthday, Sunday 5th, everyone is being encouraged to say #ThankYouTogether in a nationwide clap at 5pm for all the key workers providing support throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information please call Mike Blakemore, RCP Head of Media & Engagement on 0203 075 1468 or email Mike.Blakemore@rcplondon.ac.uk.

For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call 07896 416409.

About RCP at The Spine

RCP at The Spine is set to be the second of RCP’s main homes in England, complementing the RCP’s growing regional engagement throughout the UK. Situated in Paddington Village, part of the Knowledge Quarter in Liverpool, The Spine will be a beacon of excellence, attracting high quality healthcare professionals and staff, and driving quality improvement in a pioneering atmosphere of collaboration and partnership. Paddington Village, a £1bn health innovation campus in the heart of the KQ Liverpool Mayoral Development Zone, is one of Liverpool City Council’s flagship regeneration projects.

The 160,000 square foot building will be one of the healthiest workspaces for mental health and physical wellbeing in the UK, and is aspiring to be among the first to achieve the International Platinum WELL standard of modern building design when it opens its doors next year. It also represents the first Grade-A office building in the Liverpool City Region for more than a decade.