Innovation Centre 2 -   Liverpool Science Park, UK

Falconer Chester Hall
Date Built
Opened 2009
Brownlow Hill
As its name implies, this is the second innovation centre building to be added to Liverpool's Science Park.  A third building is planned and is expected that construction will begin in 2013.  The Science Park is a joint venture of Liverpool University, John Moores University and Liverpool Council.  Both of the existing building are located next door to Liverpool's Grade II Listed Christ the King Cathedral and this building is adjacent to Edwin Lutyens historically important crypt, for the cathedral that was never built.

The architects say on their website that, "IC2 provides a four storey grade A office building and forms Phase 1b of Liverpool Science Park. It provides 3600 sq m of high quality, flexible office accommodations clad with natural stone, with extensive glazing maximising views to the cathedral grounds. ...  The office building is modernist and contextual using limestone to complement the architecture and finish of the Cathedral. The scheme also further integrates with its surroundings through well designed landscaping, which offers public space adjacent to Lutyens’ Crypt."

Neptune Developments was responsible for delivering the building.  It says that they have, " ... delivered a second landmark building for Liverpool Science Park – on time and on budget – which completes the outstanding £35 million Cathedral Precinct redevelopment in the heart of the City’s historic Knowledge Quarter.  Set against the impressive backdrop of the Metropolitan Cathedral, the inspirational architecture of Liverpool Science Park’s second phase of development reflects the latest innovations in building design. Named ic2, this is the one of the first buildings in Liverpool to receive an ‘Excellent’ Breeam rating, (BRE Environmental Assessment Method), the best practice award for sustainable design, measuring a building’s environmental performance. ic2 is already generating a huge amount of interest with one third of the building currently under option."