Outcome of Major Newcastle Scheme Draws Closer
19th Jun 2018
Liverpool John Moores University has revived plans to redevelop the site of the old Royal mail sorting office into a new campus.
Plans to initially develop the site into a major new £100m-plus campus were put on hold after the estimated cost of the project soared by more than a third, making the project unviable. The university was subsequently forced to consider a new design but remained committed to the Copperas Hill site.
The building was demolished last year, paving way for the new £64m building plans on the 3.5-acre site.
If approved, Phase 1 will see the development of two new buildings, a Student Life Building and Sports Building.
The Student Life Building will house student-facing services plus a new space for the students' union.
The new Sports Building will include indoor facilities such as an 8-court sports hall and gym, which will support teaching and research in sports.
Commenting on the development, LJMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, said: "We have taken time to develop the plans for the regeneration of Copperas Hill and we believe we have now arrived at the right approach."
Professor Weatherill also suggested the new buildings would be connected visually due to their architectural design.
The first phase of the development is due for completion in the summer of 2020.
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