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Royal College of Physicians – The Spine

Recursive is in the process of carrying out a detailed needs analysis process which leads into designing, specifying, tendering and project managing the technical requirements as part of this brand new 13 storey building in the heart of Liverpool’s new business district, which will be the new home in the north for the Royal College of Physicians – The Spine, is located in the newly created Paddington village district of Liverpool.

Founded in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) of London is the oldest medical college in England and is a registered charity. It continues to play a pivotal role in raising standards and shaping public health today. The RCP’s core mission is to drive improvements in health and healthcare through advocacy, education and research. They are an independent patient-centred and clinically led organisation, that drives improvement in the diagnosis of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the whole population both in the UK and across the globe.

In late 2020, the RCP will open an exciting new purpose-built office in partnership with Liverpool City Council – RCP at The Spine. For the first time in their 500-year history, the RCP will be working from two main homes, each supporting around 200 staff. RCP at The Spine will be a beacon of excellence, attracting high-quality healthcare professionals and staff, and driving quality improvement in a pioneering atmosphere of collaboration and partnership.

Recursive is appointed directly by the RCP team to ensure that this unique 13 storey mixed-use development covering Education spaces, GP examinations rooms for PACE and OSCE exams (a type of examination often used in health sciences. It is designed to test clinical skill performance and competence in a range of skills. It is a hands-on, real-world approach to learning and assessment), hireable venue spaces, office spaces, public-facing areas will be equipped with the right level of cutting-edge technology and assist the RCP in determining how the spaces might be used in the future and launch the RCP into the next chapter of there story for years to come.

Before any technology is thought about on any project, our first task is to understand how the user works or indeed wants to work. Known as Needs Analysis, Recursive set up numerous interviews with various cohorts and RCP team members to find out their views on current systems and usage case for spaces and then their desires and must-haves for the new building and possibly the new way of working or culture which they wish to create. Upon creating and publishing a detailed report setting out our findings we then moved to the next stage which is Scheme Design, this phase of works takes the NA report and refines and details the likely requirements of the RCP, providing initial budget costs which may be expected to provide such systems. We have also started creating detailed drawings and technical information to feed into the rest of the design team. Once completed we will then proceed to the detailed design stage of the project which will occur over the next few months.

Some kind words from our client mid-way through the project.
We are working with Recursive on what is a significant capital project for the RCP. We have commissioned them to advise and assist us in the specification and selection of the AV and IT fit-out for a new base we are opening in Liverpool which involves a mix of facilities, from workstations to a WOW wall. Whilst our ambition and aspiration are high, it does have to be delivered within a budget and this means we have to make choices and some tough decisions. Recursive have engaged with internal service users to make recommendations which will meet their specific needs, and also give us a range of choices to base our decisions on. This is still a work in progress at the time of writing, but we have developed a good working relationship and the Recursive team is working positively to help us get the best outcome.
Clive Constable – Commissioning Director for RCP at The Spine