Lend Lease has signed a contract with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) for the development of a university building at Copperas Hill.
The company was appointed to undertake the enabling works and pre-construction services as principal contractor at a former Royal Mail sorting office which will be redeveloped into a University building.
The design team for the project comprises BDP Architects, Curtins Structural Engineers and Arup Building Services Engineer.
The development will create a gateway to Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter and bring together the university’s Mount Pleasant and Byrom Street campuses.
Professor Nigel Weatherill, LJMU Vice-Chancellor, commented:
“Sometimes the term ‘transformational’ is overused but the impact of the new development at Copperas Hill cannot be over-estimated. Importantly for LJMU, it will revolutionise the student experience and the physical shape of the University but it will also have a highly positive effect on the city itself.”
The new building will house the University’s three libraries (which will be combined into one facility), a central teaching unit with lecture theatres and seminar rooms, and study zones and IT suites.
Sports facilities on the site will include an eight-court sports hall, a gym and dance studios, while the building will also house offices for the Liverpool Students’ Union and spaces for other services including a careers centre and cafes.
Two new mezzanine floors will be added to the existing structure, and the roof developed to allow use for sports and recreation, with the total floor area of the building increasing from an existing 280,000 ft² to 355,500 ft².
Simon Gorski, Executive General Manager of UK Regions for Lendlease, said:
“We’re really pleased to be getting underway with our work at Copperas Hill, which has been described as a “transformational” investment for LJMU.
The challenge of retaining the existing and very prominent structure and utilising it to create an iconic and inspirational multi-purpose facility is really exciting. We are delighted to be back in Liverpool.”
The enabling work is due to complete in August and Lendlease is hoping to commence the main construction works in the summer with a view to delivering a completed building in the first half of 2018.