Mayoral Development Zone

Knowledge Quarter


Close to the heart of the city, the Knowledge Quarter MDZ is the vibrant hub of Liverpool’s world renowned cluster of bio-medical, research and science institutions.

The zone is also the home to our thriving University campuses: Liverpool University, Liverpool University Teaching Hospital and Liverpool John Moores University – with strengths in everything from astrophysics to art and design. A global research hub, the area is home to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool Science Park, The National Oceanographic Centre, Mersey Bio Incubator and RedX Pharma, as well as next-generation technologies incubated at the Liverpool Science Park.

The area has an incredible talent pool of people too: Liverpool is one of the UK’s most popular places to study, with over 54,000 students attending its three universities. Since 2000, over £600 million has been invested here, ensuring the area continues to produce the brightest minds, and the most creative entrepreneurs with a wealth of knowledge assets including major teaching, public service and cultural facilities, and a concentration of commercial knowledge related businesses.

Where great discoveries are made

The zone is seeing over £2 billion worth of investment currently and in the coming years.  The Health Campus centred on the £450 million rebuild of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital is being further expanded with a £25 million Life Sciences Centre and £118 million Clatterbridge Cancer Treatment Centre.

The nearby Paddington Village will see up to £1 billion invested in a new Life Sciences, Medical and Knowledge Industries campus that will include the Royal College of Physicians and the Liverpool International College amongst many others.

As well as the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the zone encompasses the Liverpool Science Park. With over 120,000 sq ft of high-spec office and commercial laboratory accommodation, the Park is home to nano technologies, healthcare, information computer technology (ICT), biotechnology, research and development into the automotive industry, and specialist support services.

Other cultural institutions in the zone include the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, and both the Everyman and Liverpool Empire Theatres, as well as the excellent dining establishments along Hope Street.

The city council has also appointed a “super team” of planning experts to develop a masterplan for the Knowledge Quarter Gateway (around Lime Street) with a view to developing a Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) by the end of 2018.

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