Senate Group has been appointed as the main contractor to partly relocate Liverpool Business School.
The project is among Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) six major capital developments across the city centre, the majority of which are to be completed by 2020.
Through the scheme two listed Georgian buildings at 4-6 Rodney Street are being extensively refurbished to create a student hub and business space which is said to be befitting of a leading 21st Century business school.
The buildings’ existing period features will also be retained and restored in the refurbishment, which is due for completion in time for a planned September 2018 opening to students.
The progress follows the announcement that a planning application has been submitted for LJMU’s £64 million Copperas Hill development, featuring a new Student Life building and a Sports Building.
Meanwhile plans are also being prepared for an extension of the university’s Aldham Robarts Library and the refurbishment of its Tithebarn Street site.
Commenting on the Liverpool Business School project, the school’s executive dean Tim Nichol says: “This is an exciting development in the next phase of the Liverpool Business School and firmly roots us in the heart of this historic quarter of the city.
“The university headquarters has had a presence in Rodney Street for over 30 years and it is certainly fitting that the creation of this new management development centre for our professional and corporate clients will sit alongside our existing executive offices.”
Kiera Vogel, director of Senate Group, adds: “I am thrilled that we have been given the opportunity to deliver this project for LJMU. 4-6 Rodney Street is the ideal project for Senate, combining our conservation and heritage skills with building services emphasis on the design.
“We look forward to seeing 4-6 Rodney Street as a focal point at LJMU for facilitating business and student success.”
DAY Architectural, Todd & Ledson and Steven Hunt Associates.