Copperas Hill - Liverpool John Moores University

Further to an extensive engagement programme our team successfully gained planning permission for the £64 million transformation of Copperas Hill into a vibrant new student destination for Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). It will become the focal point for student life, drawing students from all disciplines and faculties into a central location to access a wide range of student services. 

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. It transforms 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.”

Situated in the heart of the city regenerating a key gateway site next to Liverpool Lime Street station, LJMU’s have significantly enhanced the student-experience in the City with a five-storey Student Life building housing a range of student-facing services, including advice and wellbeing, careers advice, international exchanges, an area for individual and group study, the Students’ Union (JMSU) and general teaching spaces, and a two-storey Sports building with outstanding facilities including an eight-court sports hall, two multi-purpose halls and a state-of-the-art gym.

Project Details

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

LJMU’s scheme has been designed to address existing constraints and mark the entrance to the Knowledge Quarter. Through exciting architectural design and creative public spaces, LJMU have created a new space where businesses and resident communities feel just as at home as their staff and students.

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



View the video above and images below for a first look at LJMU’s new Student Life Building.

Commenting upon taking handover of the new landmark development, Professor Ian Campbell, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, said: “Our priority is to provide our students with an outstanding experience during their time at LJMU and these new facilities will provide the perfect environment for study, research, sports and fitness and to access the wide range of support we offer.

“Copperas Hill will help to connect our City Campus and Mount Pleasant Campus and we are proud to be playing such a key role in regenerating this area of our city. I’m looking forward to welcoming our students and staff to Copperas Hill later this year.”

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

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. Work on phase 1 of the scheme completed in April 2021.

Our planning and heritage team have also gained permission for an extension to Aldham Robarts Library which is part of a programme of library enhancements by LJMU.

Header image: Sheppard Robson & Planit-IE