Copperas Hill Campus gets green light
Liverpool City Council has given the go-ahead for Liverpool John Moores University's (LJMU) ambitious plans to redevelop Liverpool’s former Royal Mail Sorting offices on Copperas Hill into a vibrant new student destination.
Situated at the entrance to the Knowledge Quarter and adjacent to Liverpool Lime Street Station, the new Copperas Hill Campus, designed by architects Sheppard Robson, will transform this forgotten area of Liverpool into a thriving ‘student-focussed’ destination and an important gateway to Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.
The scheme involves the creation of two individual buildings - a five-storey ‘Student Life Building,’ offering student-facing services, and a two-storey indoor multi-purpose sports facility, which are seamlessly connected together by a sweeping curved architectural façade and high-quality public realm, the largest of all LJMU's campuses. The landscape and public realm design by Gillespies responds to the architectural geometry of the buildings, creating a distinctive and unique identity for this major new development.
The three thresholds into the new campus area are marked by distinctive paving and bespoke artwork benches to highlight the transition into the university estate. A continuous curved public pathway draws pedestrians into and across the campus, creating a new link from Lime Street station and LJMU City Campus to the Knowledge and Georgian quarters.
A series of events spaces have been strategically located across the site to allow for multiple events, performances and exhibitions. These spaces also respond to the building entrances from where the activity will naturally spread, providing multi-functional spaces to support student life. Much-needed break-out spaces are included in the form of open lawn areas and informal seating spaces where students can relax, meet friends and study in the open air.
The new areas of public realm will re-connect this area back into the city centre, bringing activity and animation to a currently forgotten part of the city.
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