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University of Liverpool seeks feedback on £1 billion estate plans

The University of Liverpool is calling on staff, students and members of the public to give their views on its £1 billion Estate Masterplan Strategy.

The masterplan proposes introducing a new central green on the Liverpool campus, together with plans to “revitalise” existing courtyards.

The strategy also includes a commitment to becoming a 1,000 tree campus, with a public realm vision to support the university’s commitments to sustainability and wellbeing.

It features a number of building projects which have been announced in recent months, such as the Digital Innovation Facility and the Arts and Humanities Centre, as well as a range of proposed new builds and redevelopment projects.

Professor Dame Janet Beer, the university’s vice-chancellor, says: “We are proud of our place in the city and of our architectural heritage.

“Our plans are sensitive to this and provide exciting new opportunities to further enhance the appearance of our campuses and their surroundings.

“Whilst our estate already boasts some world-class facilities and wonderful spaces, we need continued investment to best support our ambitious future plans.

“I’m keen to hear what staff, students and the general public think of these proposals.” 

The masterplan also includes proposals to remove small, disparate car parks in the centre of the Liverpool campus and to replace them with three multi-storey car parks towards its perimeter. There are also plans to invest in sustainable travel options.

Significant investment is also planned for the university’s Leahurst campus, based in Cheshire, which is home to the veterinary institute. This includes major developments for equine care, expanded research facilities and a redeveloped student skills zone.

Consultation displays providing more details on the masterplan will be on show from 29 April to 10 May on the ground floor of the Guild of Students’ building.