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LJMU’s Copperas Hill plans among newly approved Liverpool schemes

A number of major developments were given the green light by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee yesterday (9 October).

Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) £64 million plans to transform the former Royal Mail site on Copperas Hill and a new Merseyside Police headquarters were among those granted approval.

LMJU is now planning to start work on site later this year to regenerate the city’s key gateway site and develop a new Student Life Building and Sports Building.

Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure has been appointed to work on the development, which will also feature public open spaces for the local community, students and staff.

The five-storey Student Life Building, which will provide a home for a range of student-facing services; and the two-storey Sports Building, which will feature an eight-court sports hall, three multi-purpose halls, a gym and staff facilities; are scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Professor Phil Vickerman, pro vice-chancellor (strategic initiatives) at LJMU, says: “I’m delighted that we have taken another significant step forward with this exciting development on the Copperas Hill site.

“These new facilities will really enhance the university experience for our students and will help to link the different areas of our campus. Alongside Sensor City it will also strengthen the Knowledge Quarter, which is rightly regarded as one of the UK’s primary sites for research and innovation.

“The work will drive forward the regeneration of this key gateway site and completely transform the public realm and open spaces. This commitment to our community, the city and the wider city region perfectly reflects and supports our vision of LJMU as a pioneering modern civic university.”

Meanwhile a proposed four-storey Merseyside Police headquarters on Grosvenor Street in North Liverpool was granted approval, with the current headquarters on The Strand set to be put up for sale.

There was also progress for the city’s Paddington Village scheme with the approval of a diagnostics centre on the former Archbishop Blanch School site, which is proposed to complement the adjacent Proton Partners International (PPI) Cancer Centre that’s already under construction; and a new nine-storey car park to replace the fire-damaged facility at Kings Dock has been given the go-ahead.