AHR has won the competition for a new £35 million northern outpost of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter
The Clerkenwell-based AJ100 practice defeated an unnamed shortlist to win the prestigious 6,500m² commission.
The studio will work with contractor Morgan Sindall – which landed the project through the North West Construction Hub framework – to deliver the landmark scheme by summer 2020.
The first interior image of the project – dubbed the RCP Northern Centre of Excellence – was revealed today (28 June) but plans for the exterior of the building have yet to be published.
The commission comes 53 years after Denys Lasdun completed RCP’s present Grade I-listed headquarters in St. Andrews Place overlooking Regent’s Park.
Commenting on the scheme, AHR director Dominic Manfredi said: ‘We are honoured to have been awarded this very prestigious project, and look forward to working with the RCP to create a landmark building that can help to deliver their future vision for the college.’
‘Our design aims to capture the people-focused vision of the RCP, incorporating features that directly relate to positive well-being and health.’
Barry Roberts, Morgan Sindall area director in the North West, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce AHR’s appointment to this iconic scheme which will provide a new home for the RCP in the North West.
‘Their highly sustainable, innovative design will deliver an iconic building, inspired by well-being. RCP headquarters will sit at the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, and will provide an outstanding environment where academia, and research will play a key role in driving forward business and innovation.’
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: ‘The signing of RCP North was a key moment for Knowledge Quarter Liverpool and underlined the international importance of the site.
‘I’m delighted to see the RCP, with Morgan Sindall, are creating a building befitting the aspirations and ambitions we all have to make Knowledge Quarter Liverpool a world leader in its field and a major engine of the city’s economy.’