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Exclusive look inside Liverpool's 1st specialist Cancer Hospital

MERSEYSIDE has received its 1st glimpse of the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool City Centre as it's revealed that the state of the art facility will open its doors to patients in May next year. At an event held on level 6 of the landmark building, invitees were shown the chemotherapy suite which includes stunning views over the City for outpatients receiving treatment.

The new specialist Cancer Hospital is part of an ₤162 million development which includes planned improvements to the trusts Wirral site. It will expand the care given to people with cancer across the Region, improving access and treatment for up to 70% of patients who come from north of the River Mersey.

Patient Sophie Mulligan addressed invited guests, speaking of the importance of Liverpool's 1st dedicated cancer centre, providing cutting edge research as well as outstanding care and treatment.

Sophie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in the summer 2015 after struggling to get over what she thought was a bad cold. She said:- "This new hospital is so important for the people of Merseyside and Cheshire. I wouldn't want to be treated in any place other than Clatterbridge and we are so lucky to have this brand new facility on our doorstep. It isn't a nice thing to go through but to have the best facilities will be a big help to patients like me."

The project is being funded by the NHS and government sources, with ₤15 million planned to come from The New Cancer Hospital Appeal which has just ₤5million left to raise; this means that there is no PFI funding on the project.

Liz Bishop, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre said:- "We are delighted to be able to show off our fantastic new facility to the people of Merseyside and to confirm that we will be opening in May 2020. This will be Liverpool's 1st Cancer Hospital and will be a huge boost to cancer care in the area, with modern facilities and improved accessibility for a huge number of patients. A lot of people have worked incredibly hard to bring the building to life and once open it will help us deliver even more vital treatment, more lifesaving clinical trials and more innovations."

Laing O'Rourke, Project Director, Roger Frost said:- "Laing O'Rourke are immensely proud to build Liverpool's 1st Specialist Cancer Hospital. It's a privilege leading a team of fully committed individuals who give us 100% commitment on a daily basis to build this excellent, and much needed, state of the art facility for the City of Liverpool.  Occasions such as this allow us to reflect briefly, on the enormous benefits a facility like this will bring to over 2million people in the Region."

The new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre will provide specialist chemotherapy and other drug therapies, including immunotherapy, radiotherapy, inpatient and outpatient care, cancer support and rehabilitation, bone marrow transplant and urgent cancer care. There will also be a dedicated teenage and young adult unit. It will care for a population of 2.4 million people from across Merseyside, Cheshire and beyond, with solid tumours and blood cancers, and will also carry out clinical trials of new cancer treatments.

The new hospital will be in addition to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre's existing hospitals in Wirral and Aintree, and its chemotherapy and outpatient services in other hospitals across the Region including Southport, Chester, Halton, St Helen's and Liverpool.

Transforming Cancer Care is a ₤162m investment in improving cancer care to:-

1. Expand the services provided by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre to meet the increasing demand for specialist cancer care as the population ages, and diagnosis and treatments improve.

2. Develop a new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in the heart of Liverpool, alongside Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the University of Liverpool. This would become The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre's main site.

3. Continue to provide outpatient treatment for most cancers at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Wirral and its second radiotherapy unit at Aintree. Chemotherapy clinics and outpatient clinics at local hospitals across Merseyside and Cheshire would also continue. The Wirral site would also be redeveloped.

4. Delivery of the construction of the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is being led by Laing O'Rourke working in collaboration with partners including architects BDP, structural and building services design engineers AECOM.

Consultation to begin on creating:- "world class business district"

Vision: Public consultation on future development of Liverpool's Commercial Business District (CBD) to begin in mid-June

LIVERPOOL City Council has been given the green light to consult with the public on a new vision to transform Liverpool's historic commercial district into a:- "world class business location." A vision document on the area, which covers 40 acres of Liverpool City Centre, will go out to public consultation in mid June, for 5 weeks, following approval this morning from the Council's Cabinet.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "Liverpool's Commercial Business District is a major engine in the City's economy and its future growth needs to be proactively managed to maximise its potential. The supply of Grade A office space is critical to any successful City Centre seeking to attract quality investors and jobs which is why we need a long term vision which this Spatial Regeneration Framework will underpin. This is a critical piece of work because we all need to ensure the district remains a vital cog in our commercial economy for the next 20 years and beyond. Arup and the team have set out an approach that addresses these challenges in a way that will underpin the future of 1 our major employment zones and I look forward to this vital document being debated and discussed across the City to help shape its direction."

The draft document aims to grow the economy of the CBD, which currently has a workforce of more than 60,000 people, over the next 15 to 20 years by:-

Enhancing transport links and connectivity.

Identifying development plots for high quality office space.

Transforming underused buildings.

Improving public realm.

Internationally marketing the area.

According to the latest Commercial Office Market Review, produced in partnership by Liverpool BID Company and Professional Liverpool, the CBD is in urgent need of new Grade A office space.

To address this issue the City Council is seeking to support a ₤200m plan to develop a scheme in Pall Mall, with Kier Property and CTP, that will provide 400,000 sq ft of new Grade A office space and potentially create more than 2,000 jobs. This scheme is now at pre-planning application stage and will have its own public consultation on:- 18 June and 19 June 2019.

Ian Ford, Arup project lead, said:- "This has been a really exciting project to work on and we look forward to sharing the SRF through the consultation process. A vital part of this exercise is interacting with stakeholders and receiving comments and feedback to ensure we have considered all aspects within the CBD.  We are passionate in making Liverpool's CBD a unique and exciting location for businesses to come and invest. Not many Cities have a CBD with the same qualities Liverpool does and the SRF looks to build on these assets to attract high value, high skilled jobs that will support the City's growth objectives. We have produced a vision which looks to enhance public realm and connectivity whilst identifying future opportunity plots for commercial office space. All this aims to create a vibrant, sustainable place for businesses, residents and visitors".

The Council is also investing ₤150m in new road infrastructure in and around the district and has recently obtained planning consent to create a new Cruise Terminal at nearby Princes Dock, with planning application recently submitted for an accompanying 4 star hotel.

The CBD SRF consultation will launch on Monday, 17 June 2019 and will be available to view at:- Liverpool.Gov.UK, until Monday, 21 July 2019, containing further details on how to provide comments and feedback online.

To complement the consultation four exhibition events will be held allowing interested parties to speak to the team and explore the SRF further.

Dates include:-

Thursday, 20 June, from 10am to 3pm, within the RIBA, Mann Island, L3 1BP.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019, from 2pm to 7pm, at One Fine Day, Old Hall Street, L3 9BS.

Monday, 1 July, from 10am to 3pm, at One Fine Day, Old Hall Street, L3 9BS.

Wednesday, 10 July, from 2pm to 7pm, to RIBA, Mann Island, L3 1BP.

The consultation will be led by the appointed project team with Arup as project lead and town planning consultants, architects and masterplanners shedkm, heritage consultant Rob Burns, and property consultant Worthington Owen.

Over the past 6 months, the team have been engaging with a wide range of consultees within the City to understand the key issues and opportunities of the area which have culminated in an SRF that presents an overarching vision, illustrative masterplan, development principles and guidance to direct future development and investment.

The SRF, which has been co-commissioned by the Council, Liverpool BID Company and other partners, also includes the proposing of design guidelines and a strategy to better connect it to neighbouring areas such as the Knowledge Quarter and Peel's ₤5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, to create a high quality and world class business environment that reflects its location within the City's World Heritage Site.

Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company, which represents more than 800 businesses in the district, added:- "The Commercial Business District is unique to Liverpool, a vital contributor to the City Region economy, and the preferred destination of choice in the City Region for the professional sector and creative and digital industries. Earlier this year the BID's Office Market Review reported office take up in the district during 2018 to have increased by an impressive 46.8% compared to 2017, the highest take up since records began. However, while there is much to celebrate, the report did highlight the challenges we face, and we recognise that more can be achieved for this part of the City if we all work together. Our investment in the SRF demonstrates the BID's commitment in creating an even better CBD, driving investment into the area and creating jobs. We want a CBD that has improved connectivity with other key developments across the City Region, that is greener; with enhanced public realm for our levy paying businesses and visitors to enjoy, and a district that meets the demand for high quality, Grade A office space, which remains a major concern for its long term sustainability. We welcome the news that the SRF is heading into public consultation, and I encourage as many people as possible to engage with and help shape this ambitious vision that will safeguard the district's future growth."

Once adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document it will give the Council's planning authority the ability to review and determine how different land uses can work together to meet demand and create a vibrant area, enabling Liverpool to compete with other major UK cities in attracting major companies.

Liverpool City Council, which is overseeing an unprecedented ₤14bn of development activity, has already adopted an SRF for the Ten Streets Creativity District and is looking to adopt further SRFs for the Baltic Triangle, Williamson Square and Mathew Street and the gateway to the Knowledge Quarter.

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