Life sciences development promises 10,000 Liverpool jobs

Life sciences development promises 10,000 Liverpool jobs

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has outlined proposals for a 1.8m sqft development specialising in the life sciences sector at the launch of the International Festival for Business 2016.

Plans for the development which could create up to 10,000 jobs on the former Archbishop Blanch school site, would create a scheme of national and international importance focusing on cutting-edge life and medical sciences.

The site would feature office space along with units targeted at the life sciences sector. The scheme forms part of the Knowledge Quarter Mayoral Development Zone, with phase one scheduled for 2017.

The plans also include a new rail station with access to the existing underground network and rail network via Lime Street station.

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Joe Anderson said: "This will help us to develop our Knowledge Quarter as we work with all our partners, including the University of Liverpool and the proposed health campus at the Royal Hospital to make the city a beacon for investment in this and similar sectors. We want to build on the success we are already achieving to make Liverpool a leader in this field."

"We know there is a real northsouth gap in investment around life sciences that sees an overwhelming concentration of jobs and investment head south.

"However, this landmark scheme provides the basis for Liverpool to now become a national and international destination for investment in life and medical sciences, bringing with it thousands of new, high-skill, high-wage jobs."