WBA lead on Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter Expansion

The masterplan for the former Arch Bishop Blanch School site in Liverpool has taken a major step forward today as Mayor Joe Anderson of Liverpool City Council publicly announced the plans. Watson Batty Architects have been working alongside the Liverpool City Council since 2014 developing proposals to expand the city’s Knowledge Quarter with a large scale ground-breaking development on the edge of the City Centre. The proposals which include a landmark 30 storey building aim to build on the existing life and medical science industries and knowledge hubs within the city as well as attracting hi-tech businesses into the region.

Beyond the economic benefits and high quality jobs the development will also include extensive areas of high quality public realm with restaurants, retail and leisure facilities; and, extensive public transport upgrades. The development will be a destination not just for big business but also for the people of the city.

The practice’s increased presence within Liverpool and the northwest is strategically important to the continued growth of the business. Our recent success in Liverpool is also being echoed across the Northern Powerhouse corridor with numerous recent commissions in York, Sheffield Leeds and Huddersfield and other town and city centres.

Managing Director Peter White said: “From our northern head office base in Leeds we are increasingly finding ourselves working outside our historic territory. The recent expansion of the practice both in size, project locations and nature of the project work is testament to our practice values. While we are a future focused, forward thinking practice our recent success must also be attributed to the excellent reputation we have built following 40 years in practice. As we continue with our success and growth we are not ruling out the possibility of creating a third office base to site alongside our Midlands office in Loughborough.”

For further information on the masterplan announcement please click here.

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