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07 October 2010
approval granted for third building at Liverpool Science Park
THE award-winning Liverpool
Science Park achieved another significant milestone today as the
city council planning committee gave the go ahead for a third
building at the city-centre site.
‘Innovation Centre 3’ will play a vital role in the
long-term development of Liverpool’s Commercial Knowledge Economy by
providing much-needed R&D offices and laboratory space to support
and retain the region’s thriving life sciences sector and to exploit
the commercial potential of the city’s world class physical sciences
The life sciences sector is already a major contributor to
Liverpool’s economy, employing over 4,000 people and generating
turnover of around £250M a year.
The new four storey 42,000 sq ft building featuring flexible office
space, fully serviced laboratories over three floors, meeting rooms
and a ground floor café accessible to the public, will complement
the nearby MerseyBIO incubator facility, which is currently at
A public and private funding package is
now being assembled to deliver the facility, which is anticipated to
be in place by March 2011.
Chris Musson, CEO of Liverpool Science Park, said:- “The third
building is the next piece in the evolving jigsaw of Liverpool
Science Park’s unique offering. Receiving detailed planning
permission is a key step along the way to realising this third
building. These commercial laboratories will enable us to nurture
and support the full range of organisations that make up Liverpool’s
growing knowledge economy and will complement both MerseyBio’s
existing offer and our planned floor of laboratories in our second
building, which we hope to open in the spring. They will be a
tremendous asset to the city, further helping to harness talent and
create a pipeline of high value jobs. We want Liverpool to be the
first choice for science-based organisations.”
Gareth Callen, lead architect from Liverpool based Ryder
Architecture, said:- “The high quality design of the building
has been achieved through the use of a simple, elegant and visually
striking palette of materials including natural slate and a glass
channel system that complements and enhances the special character
of the surrounding buildings within the Mount Pleasant Conservation
Area. The mass of the building has been carefully designed and
articulated to respond to the visual impact from the Metropolitan
Cathedral and open parkland to the north whilst providing a strong
and appealing frontage along Great Orford Street. A holistic
approach to environmental strategy and sustainable design has been
developed that incorporates floor to ceiling height glazing to
maximise natural daylight and ventilation to flexible office
Innovation Centre 3 (ic3) will be built
on a 0.55 hectare site over the existing car park of Innovation
Centre 1 (ic1), off Mount Pleasant, to the south west of Liverpool
Metropolitan Cathedral. It will include 36 under-croft car parking
spaces, 30 cycle spaces and newly landscaped areas.
The high-quality design of the building,
with floor to ceiling glazing to maximise natural light, mirrors the
limestone and slate features of ic1 and compliments the surrounding
buildings within the Mount Pleasant Conservation Area.
A double-storey bridge will link ic3 to the existing ic1 building,
with visitors being directed to ic3 via the current main entrance of
Liverpool Science Park - a joint venture
between Liverpool Council, Liverpool John Moores University and the
University of Liverpool - commenced operational activity in 2006 as
a special purpose vehicle to support and drive forward Liverpool’s
commercial knowledge economy.
The life sciences sector has been
identified as having significant growth potential and the creation
of laboratories within Liverpool Science Park is one way of
capitalising on this, while contributing towards the Park’s long
term objective of being market responsive and wholly
self-sufficient. Liverpool Science Park, which sits besides its two
partner universities, has introduced a number of new initiatives in
recent months, including a Soft Landing Centre to attract companies
from outside of the region and overseas, and a Graduate Enterprise
Centre to help young entrepreneurs launch businesses in the city.
Innovation Centre (ic3) is expected to open by Autumn 2012.
MERSEYSIDE Police Officers in
Liverpool North have executed 20 warrants on Thursday, 30 September
2010, and made 16 arrests in an operation targeting drug dealers.
This morning's drugs operation centred on the Anfield, Everton,
Kirkdale and Walton areas and is a culmination of an extensive
policing investigation. The houses are currently being searched by
officers and quantities of what is believed to have been controlled
drugs, a significant amount of cash, a van and drugs paraphernalia
have been seized so far.
Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan said:- "We know that drugs
can cause untold damage to communities, individuals and their
families and this morning's operation shows our commitment to
ridding Merseyside of the menace of drugs which blight our
communities. The amount of information that we receive from members
of the public has been vital to us carrying out such operations and
we would urge local residents to continue talking with officers. We
want to send out a clear message that the activity of people who
supply drugs will not be tolerated. We hope that be carrying out
these raids along with partners, we are showing the community that
we will act on all information we receive and give them the
confidence to keep coming forward with information."
Merseyside Police have now confirm that the following people have
The following have been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A
heroin and cocaine and have appeared at Liverpool City Magistrates
Court, Friday, 1 October 2010.
Wayne Hincks, 27 years of Hillary Road, Kirkdale, Lisa Whitney, 30
years of Hillary Road, Kirkdale, Daniel Murray, 20 of Zig Zag Road,
West Derby, David McNally, 22 years of Cherry Lane, Walton, Carl
Rutland, 28 years of Yelverton Road, Anfield, Jordan Cahill, 20
years of Leadenhall Close, Everton
The following have been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A
heroin and cocaine and on Tuesday, 5 October 2010, they have
appeared at Liverpool City Magistrates Court.
Mark McMullen, 20 years of Rector Road, Cabbage Hall, Thomas Parry,
20 years of Harding Close, Everton, Francis Smith, 20 years of
Ettington Road, Anfield, Anthony Burns, 21 years of Byng Road,
Walton, Stephen Owens, 51 years of Day Street, Old Swan
The following have been charged with supplying heroin and will
appear at Liverpool City Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 5 October
Paul Hough, 30 years of City Road, Walton Michael Walsh, 40 years of
Redburn Ave, Toxteth Phillip Pattullo, 30 years of Royal Terr,
Southport Anthony Durney, 46 years of Church Road, Litherland Ian
Melia, 38 years of Walton Lane, Walton
The following have been charged with supplying heroin and have
appeared at Liverpool City Magistrates Court on Friday, 1 October
James Wilson, 28 years of Agnes Road, Kirkdale Karl Humphries, 45
years of Antonio Road, Bootle Nicola Clare Sample, 38 years of
Cotswold Street, Kensington
A 44 year old man from the Anfield area was arrested on suspicion of
money laundering and has been released on police bail pending
Anyone with any information about drug dealing should contact
Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
WITNESS APPEAL -
ROBBERY, TOWNSEND LANE, CLUBMOOR
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives are
appealing for witnesses after a young woman was robbed of her mobile
phone as she walked along a path near Breckside Park, Clubmoor.
Officers in particular want to speak to a man pushing a pram who may
have walked past the 15 year old victim seconds after the robbery,
or seen the offender running away.
The incident happened as the woman walked along the cinder path from
Townsend Lane towards Breckside Park, Tuesday, 21 September 2010, at
As she reached the exit of the path a man in his late teens
approached her, grabbed her and demanded she hand over her phone.
After she did so he ordered her to walk back along the cinder path
the way she had come from, while he fled in the opposite direction.
Detective Inspector Paul Heslop said it was important that the man
pushing the pram was traced in case he witnessed the robbery.
"This was a vicious robbery in which a young woman walking on her
own has been robbed by an older teenager in broad daylight and had
her mobile phone stolen. I am sure that there will have been other
people in the area at the time who may have seen this offender
either loitering on the cinder path near the park before he carried
out the robbery, or running away afterwards. I would urge people who
use this route regularly to cast their minds back to last Tuesday
and see if they remember something. In particular, we would urge the
man who was pushing a pram along the cinder path at around 3.30pm
that afternoon to come forward and tell us what he saw. Does he
remember a teenage girl walking past him who was visibly upset, or
coming across anyone acting suspiciously further along the path? If
so, what he saw could be crucial to us catching this offender."
The offender is described as a white man, around 19 years old and
5ft 8ins tall. He had dark hair with a long fringe and was wearing a
dark blue hooded top with the hood up, and black tracksuit bottoms
and a black scarf across his face. A man who may have been the
offender's friend or accomplice was sat on a wall at the end of the
path but no description is available for him.
Anyone with information is asked to call DC Jane Arthur at St Anne
St CID on:- 0151 777 4811 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
learns lessons from Liverpool
A top team of government
officials and civil servants from Sweden are coming to Liverpool to
see how the city is tackling environmental, employment and social
The 15 politicians and civil servants from the District of Fosie in
Malmo are spending two days in the city on Thursday 7 and Friday 8
The group are coming as a result of a partnership called CoNet in
which Liverpool Jobs, Education and Training Service (JET) and Plus
Dane Housing are working together to tackle worklessness. As part of
the project they share best practice with nine other European cities
looking at ways of building and improving communities.
Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:- “We are delighted to be hosting this visit from our colleagues in
Sweden. Liverpool has had a lot of success in tackling issues such
as crime and anti social behaviour, employment and delivering
improved exam results, and we are happy to be passing on the lessons
we have learned. It is also an opportunity for us to hear about what
they are doing to tackle similar issues in their area and see if
there is anything that they are doing that we could implement here.”
The delegation will look at the work of the Tackling Knives Action
Programme run by the Youth Offending Service, and the DISARM project
which is aimed at preventing young people from getting involved in
They will spend time with the North Liverpool Action Team task force
which has been launched to improve life for residents in Anfield,
County and Kirkdale.
The group will visit St Hilda’s Church of England High School to
look at its work as a business and enterprise specialist school, and
will also spend time at Vauxhall Children’s Centre looking at how it
is helping give youngsters the best possible start in life.
They will also go to charity and social enterprise Create UK in
Speke, which helps create employment and deal with environmental and
social issues, and visit Dingle Opportunities to see how JET and
partners work together in the School Gates project to help people
Sonia Bassey-Williams, Head of Enterprise Development for housing
association Plus Dane Group, said:- “Tackling problems like
crime and unemployment cannot be done in isolation. The best results
come when organisations work together for the common good, to
enhance quality of life and offer opportunities for everyone. It is
encouraging that people from other nations are coming to Liverpool
to see the fruits of this partnership working.”
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