Investing in the future of Liverpool
LJMU’s bold plans for a new city centre development will totally transform a rundown area of Liverpool, creating a new focal point for University operations plus exceptional facilities and services for students, staff and the wider community.
This major investment is an inspirational move by a modern civic university determined to make an even greater contribution to the economic future of the people of Liverpool and its city region.
The development will exemplify excellent architecture design and champion high quality public spaces but most importantly, it will be more than just another university building. LJMU’s vision is to create a magnetic new destination in Liverpool that will not only draw in staff and students but also attract wider engagement, by making the local community, local businesses and visitors to the city feel equally at home in the University.
Developing a new city-wide campus
The transformed Copperas Hill site will enable LJMU to realise its ambition of becoming a truly city-centre based university.
Once completed, all LJMU students will be able to study together in the city centre and University operations will be concentrated around a number of high quality sites in Liverpool - primarily Tithebarn Street, Byrom Street, Copperas Hill and Mount Pleasant/Brownlow Hill.
The planned relocation of University operations from the IM Marsh campus in Aigburth to the city centre will take place following the opening of the Copperas Hill site.
Making an impact on the urban environment
During the last ten years, Liverpool’s waterfront, retail, residential, cultural and entertainment areas have all had extensive investment and regeneration. This has made a huge difference to the look, feel and performance of the city centre. The one exception to this is the area around Lime Street, which is still run down.
LJMU’s Copperas Hill development will draw thousands of students into the area, creating huge demand for services and activities, and boosting confidence in the city centre as a whole.
The investment will also address current problems such as poor pedestrian access, poorly managed public realm and urban dereliction that blight this corner of the city. Plus it will vastly improve a key gateway into the city and deliver new public spaces and facilities for the whole city to enjoy.
Connecting with the Knowledge Quarter
Combined with the £15 million Sensor City facility, also located on Copperas Hill, LJMU’s investment will further strengthen the Knowledge Quarter’s reputation as one of the UK’s most concentrated sites for research and innovation in the country, helping attract further investment and economic growth to the city region.
Working with and for our local communities
LJMU’s vision for the Copperas Hill project goes well beyond providing excellent resources for our students and staff, though this is obviously paramount. The development is also about creating lasting positive change in Liverpool for the benefit of all.
LJMU has invested heavily in this area of Liverpool, through the development of the RIBA-award-winning £19 million John Lennon Art and Design Building and the £37 million Redmonds Building. During the construction phases of both these buildings, the University was able to facilitate the creation of jobs for local people, including new apprenticeships, as well as projects that improved facilities for local schools. It is anticipated that this new investment will deliver similar economic and social benefits to the city, both during and after construction.
Sometimes the term 'transformation' is overused but the impact of the new development at Copperas Hill cannot be over-estimated.
This is an ambitious programme that will take considerable investment to realise but once complete it will re-affirm the position of LJMU at the very heart of Liverpool.
Redeveloping this strategically important location will act as a catalyst for regenerating the area surrounding Lime Street and help to integrate the Knowledge Quarter with the rest of the city centre.