Copperas Hill - Liverpool John Moores University

Further to an extensive engagement programme our team submitted a planning application to transform Copperas Hill into a vibrant student destination on behalf of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

Situated adjacent to Liverpool Lime Street Station, the site which was once home to Royal Mail’s sorting office, will instead become a Student Life Building and Sports Building; significantly enhancing the student-experience in the City.

The £64 million 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. Whilst the development also reveals exciting new views of the Metropolitan Cathedral and improves connections between the KQ, Sensor City and Liverpool City Centre

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.”

The University is planning to develop the 1.4 hectare 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.


Project Details

  • 1.4 hectare site
  • £64 million development
  • Student Life building
  • Sports building
  • Improved connection between KQ, Sensor City and Liverpool City Centre

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.