The Wellington Rooms Liverpool

The Knowledge Quarter has been part of the Liverpool City landscape for several years. It is home to a number of powerful institutions, geographically located in the city centre and parts of Liverpool 7 & 8. It has a wealth of public sector assets including The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The University of Liverpool and The Liverpool John Moores University, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, The Everyman Theatre, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Through the Knowledge Quarter efforts have been made to increase collaboration between these various institutions and the creation of the Liverpool Science Park, funded by the Universities and the City Council has certainly provided tremendous space to help foster collaboration and business growth in this part of the city.

Of course, this modest inner city area cannot possible hope to contain all of the knowledge assets within the Liverpool City Region which is now the de facto grouping that will be considered and monitored closely by Westminster. Looking at the resources of this larger region we are fortunate to have a national research laboratory at Daresbury, the UK’s largest hospital for children’s healthcare and associated research at Alder Hey and a large number of private companies in the digital-creative sector in the Baltic Triangle and elsewhere of which the region is justifiably proud. Scattered throughout the region are also multinationals (e.g. Unilever & Jaguar Land Rover) and a plethora of SMEs serving a wide range of manufacturing and services.

What could help the Knowledge Quarter to become more of a focus for City Region activities and also act as a gateway to entrepreneurial activities, more generally would be a meeting point where entrepreneurs from all of the many commercial sectors that are present in Liverpool, could come to discuss business and meet with possible investors. I propose that this Innovation Hub be located in the currently unoccupied Georgian Wellington Rooms, that sit at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter. There is currently an option appraisal being carried out to test the feasibility for raising funds to convert this beautiful Georgian masterpiece back into a location that will be for the people of Liverpool which is in line with the original purpose of these meeting rooms. Currently this proposal has the backing of Heritage England and the Mayors Office.