The new plans for Copperas Hill provides a unique opportunity to transform a redundant city centre building, regenerate a city quarter and create a vibrant, student-focused heart for LJMU.
The five storey former postal sorting office will be expanded to include two mezzanine floors and use of the roof for sports and recreation. It will house the University’s library, restaurants and retail space, and student zones will be created around the building to accommodate different working methods.
The development will lead to the formation of LJMU’s Connected University Campus Village, with the new building becoming its central focal point and encouraging increased interaction and collaboration between different faculties. The new £64m development situated on a 3.5 acre site and is expected to complete by summer 2020.
Cundall is delighted to be providing building services, civil, structural engineering, transportation and vertical transportation services for the Copperas Hill Phase 1 Development alongside Sheppard Robson architect and Faithful+Gould as project managers, quantity surveyors, employers’ agent and principal designers and all of design team members.
Cundall's focus is on designing low-energy, sustainable education facilities across the globe which will both minimise the impact on the environment and be a more enjoyable place in which to work and learn. By working in partnership with all stakeholders, our design solutions add value, promote sustainable design and create optimal learning environments.
Vice President of LJMU, Nigel Weatherill commented; “The scheme provides for the development of two major LJMU buildings set within new public spaces and landscaped routes. It will transform this area of the City for our students and staff, as well as for the residents and communities around this site.”
The two new buildings; a Student Life Building and a Sports Building will be delivered in two phases; the first includes both of the two new development buildings plus the new public spaces and is due to start on site by the end of 2018.
The new Sports Building will have indoor facilities, including an 8-court sports hall and gymnasium, which will support teaching and research in sports studies as well as providing new sports facilities.