Liverpool City Council have given the go ahead for Liverpool John Moores University’s “ambitious plans” to redevelop Liverpool’s former Royal Mail Sorting offices on Cooperas Hill into a “vibrant” new student destination.
Situated at the entrance to the Knowledge Quarter and adjacent to Liverpool Lime Street Station, the project, designed by architects Sheppard Robson, will transform the area into a “thriving student-focussed” destination and “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.
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.
A statement by Gillespies read: “A series of events spaces have been strategically located across the site to allow for multiple events, performances and exhibitions. The new areas of public realm will reconnect this area back into the city centre, bringing activity and animation to a currently forgotten part of the city.
“These spaces also respond to the building entrances from where 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.”