Lendlease has won a contract worth £80m ($115.7m) from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to redevelop the former Royal Mail sorting office at Copperas Hill into a university building.
Lendlease has been appointed as the principal contractor for the project and will be responsible for carrying out enabling works and pre-construction services. The project’s design team includes BDP Architects, Curtins Structural Engineers and Arup Building Services Engineer.
The project will expand the total floor area of the building to 355,500 sq ft from the existing 280,000 sq ft. A pair of new mezzanine floors will be added to the existing building, while the roof will be developed to support sports and recreation activities.
The new building will feature the university’s three libraries, a central teaching unit with lecture theatres and seminar rooms, study zones, IT suites, offices for the Liverpool Students’ Union, a careers centre as well as cafes.
The site will also comprise sports facilities including an eight-court sports hall, a gym and dance studios.
Enabling works are expected to commence in August, with main construction works expected to start in mid-2016. The building is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018.
Lendlease executive general manager of UK Regions Simon Gorski said: “We’re really pleased to be getting underway with our work at Copperas Hill, which has been described as a “transformational” investment for LJMU.
“The challenge of retaining the existing and very prominent structure and utilising it to create an iconic and inspirational multi-purpose facility is really exciting. We are delighted to be back in Liverpool.”