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Work begins on £35m Liverpool International College

Construction work has started on a new £35 million facility for Liverpool International College in Knowledge Quarter Liverpool’s Paddington Village.

A ground breaking ceremony took place on the site of the former Archbishop Blanch School on Mount Vernon yesterday (27 September).

Kier will deliver a 47,000 sq ft, 13-storey, 259-bed student accommodation block and three-storey college building to house up to 900 students.

Operated through a 10-year partnership between Kaplan and the University of Liverpool, Liverpool International College recruits and prepares more than 800 international students for entry into the university’s degree programmes each year.

The new college facility will provide a home away from home for international students.

It will house a café, a ‘Knowledge Hub’, study booths, and a social area with game and study zones with expanded opening hours to suit students’ varied schedules.

There will be 24/7 surveillance from reception for enhanced security and students will have access to university facilities including libraries, IT suites and sports facilities.

Janet Beer, vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool (pictured centre), says: “We pride ourselves on both our international research collaborations and the international learning environment we provide for all our students.

“This global outlook is a significant and distinctive part of the ethos of our university, to which our 10 year partnership with Kaplan and the establishment of Liverpool International College have made a hugely successful contribution.”

Linda Cowan, managing director of Kaplan International Pathways (pictured far right), adds: “With the Knowledge Quarter becoming established as a world-leading hub for innovation, our new college facility will offer our students exciting opportunities.

“This project is a perfect way to celebrate ten years of successful partnership with the University of Liverpool, recently extended for another 15.”

The facility is due to open in September 2019.