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Former Royal Mail sorting office transformation recommended for approval

A former Royal Mail sorting office could be transformed into a central hub for Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) as plans are recommended for approval next week.

The redevelopment is part of LJMU’s 10-year strategy to be recognised as a modern civic university and will see significant investment in creating a university village in Liverpool city centre.

Based at Copperas Hill, south of Lime Street station, the site is allocated for mixed-use purposes and will include a library, alongside teaching, study, and sports facilities.

Under the plans, LJMU will also roll out a scheme to improve the ‘streetscape’ of the existing building, making provisions for pedestrian movement and the landscaping of the area, which is currently limited to service access.

A report to be discussed by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee on 8 March suggests approval of the application “will provide a high quality, modern education facility, bringing enhanced facilities to the city”.

The document adds that the building “is modelled and detailed in a contemporary, yet contextual manner, which will strengthen the built form and add visual interest at a prominent eastern gateway to the city centre”.