News: 14 June 2018Significant step forward for LJMU’s £64m regeneration project

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has taken a major step forward with its plans to transform Copperas Hill into a vibrant new student destination by submitting an application for full planning application to Liverpool City Council.

Situated at the entrance to the Knowledge Quarter (KQ) and adjacent to Liverpool Lime Street Station, the former Royal Mail Sorting office at Copperas Hill closed in 2010. The site has been cleared and will make way for LJMU’s exciting plans for a Student Life Building and Sports Building, significantly enhancing the student-experience in the City.

The University is planning to develop the 3 ½ acre site in two phases as part of a wider masterplan investment across the LJMU estate. Subject to planning approval, phase 1 at Copperas Hill will involve the development of the Student Life Building and a Sports Building. The application is scheduled for determination by the City Council during the Summer of 2018 and should the proposals be approved the buildings are programmed for opening in the Autumn of 2020.

The submission of the application has followed a series of stakeholder consultation events. The £64million development has been designed to address existing constraints and mark the entrance to the Knowledge Quarter. The inclusion of new public spaces will further transform Copperas Hill into a vibrant, attractive place that everyone can enjoy. The development also reveals exciting new views of the Metropolitan Cathedral and improves connections between the KQ, Sensor City and Liverpool City Centre.

LJMU’s planning application for this strategically important site at Copperas Hill follows a series of consultation meetings and workshops. The engagement programme allowed stakeholders from KQ, LJMU and local community to get a better understanding of the proposed development for the Student Life Building and Sports Building.  At the same time, it also provided value feedback on the proposed development and enabled the local community to influence the design of the scheme.

We submitted the application on behalf of LJMU, having been appointed by Faithful+Gould (member of SNC Lavalin Group) and working alongside Sheppard Robson, Cundall and WSP to prepare the application. 

Greg Dickson, Planning Director, said: “The regeneration of Copperas Hill forms a key component in the delivery of both LJMU’s Strategic Framework and the vision for the Gateway to the KQ. The proposals present an exciting opportunity to transform this forgotten area of Liverpool to deliver a high-quality Student Life and Sports Buildings to create a connected LJMU campus in Liverpool City Centre.”

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As seen in Place North West and Insider.

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