Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has secured planning consent for transformation of the former Royal Mail sorting office at Copperas Hill in Liverpool, UK into a new £100m building for the university.
Lendlease, the project contractor, is currently undertaking enabling works on site.
The project will include the addition of two mezzanine floors to the current five-storey building, and use of the roof for sports and recreation. The floor area of the building will increase to 355,000 sq ft from 280,000 sq ft following the expansion.
The new building will include the university’s three libraries, a new central teaching unit with several lecture theatres, general teaching spaces, seminar rooms and IT suites.
It will also feature sports facilities such as an eight-court sports hall, a gym and multi-use studios for dance and all other sports and fitness activities.
The development is slated to be opened at the start of the academic year 2018.
The design team for the project includes BDP Architects, Curtins Structural Engineers and Arup Building Services Engineer.
Sue Emms, lead architect for the development, said: “Copperas Hill will be transformed into a friendly, student-centred hub providing a highly visible focus for the university.
“A walkway will encourage the public to walk through the building creating an attractive route from Lime Street to the Knowledge Quarter allowing the public to connect directly with the university.
“A new central atrium creates a spiritual heart and a sense of place within the building and learning terraces step up uniting all levels, users and activities.
“The terraces will animate the building externally and connect the city park at ground level to a sky garden on the roof.
“The highly glazed building will showcase LJMU and be transparent, open and connected. Copperas Hill will be a new destination in the city and create a vibrant heart for the university.”