Life Sciences Accelerator Liverpool
Nightingale Associates IBI
Longworth were appointed by Vinci for the detailed design, supply and installation of the rainscreen façade and roofing works to the new £25m Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator which will enable innovative research into antibiotic resistance and forms a key part of Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter.
Surgical design, clinical finish
Longworth partnered with Booth Muirie and Baileys for the supply and installation of the ACM and aluminium bullnose fascia and soffit systems, which included bespoke made curved sections. Due to the lead-in times and programme constraints systematic of a new city centre hospital, all of the Baileys and Booth Muirie was designed and manufactured in advance in partnership with Vinci, thereby drastically reducing the time on-site and access costs.
The Marely Eternit Equitone Tectiva was installed to a full hook-on system design which required the entire envelope substrate to be precisely set out and complete prior to the panels arriving on site. This exacting method allowed Longworth to effortlessly hang and fix the rainscreen as the hard work was done in advance using the latest construction methods.
The latest manufacturing technology and techniques in off-site construction were utilised to provide the precision curved sections of the north elevation, ensuring all the components fitted together seamlessly, maintaining a surgical finish to the imposing new cutting-edge medical research facility.
A mix of IKO Permatec hot melt inverted roof and Sika Trocal make up the roof structure for the significant amount of plant required for the research labs. Newton 503 metal mesh system, shrouded the plant from public view.
The challenging conditions of a city centre site that abuts the existing and live Royal Liverpool Hospital called for a mix of carefully planned and co-ordinated mast climbers, MEWPS and scaffold to safely access difficult interfaces with the least possible disruption to the surrounding area and hospital.
Through experience of working on tight city centre sites, Longworth were able to avoid delays to the programme by front loading the design and product manufacturing off-site to deliver a fantastic and flawless looking hospital building that the city can be proud of.
- Sika Trocal
- IKO Permatec Inverted Roof
- Baileys aluminium bullnose fascia and soffit system
- Booth Muirie BML60 ACM Rainscreen
- Marley Eternit Equitone Tectiva
What our clients say
"Longworth's knowledge, hands-on attitude and wealth of experience allows them to work with the architect and project team to turn complex designs into reality. We commend their positive and cooperative attitude towards design."
Jason Duggan - Architect, Capita Symonds