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Plans in for £64m LJMU development at Copperas Hill

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has submitted a full planning application for its £64 million Copperas Hill development.

The university is progressing its proposals to build a new Student Life Building and a Sports Building at the cleared former Royal Mail sorting office site.

If given the go ahead, the 3.5-acre plot at the entrance to Knowledge Quarter Liverpool will be transformed in two phases as part of a wider masterplan investment across the LJMU estate.

The two proposed buildings will form phase one and, subject to approval by Liverpool City Council this summer, they’re scheduled to open in time for the academic year beginning in September 2020.

New public spaces are also being lined up to enhance the area as part of the development, which will also aim to improve connections between the Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool city centre and Sensor City and reveal new views of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

LJMU first announced the development in March this year, after previous plans for a £100m project were scrapped in 2016.

The former sorting office building, which closed in 2010, was then demolished in 2017.