Sony offices, Wavertree, P, planning docs

The former Sony offices in Wavertree are to be converted into a school. Credit: Planning docs

Former Sony offices to house Liverpool secondary school

The city council has approved a prior notification application from the Department of Education to convert the tech giant’s old HQ on the technology park, off Stephenson Way in Wavertree.

By changing the use of the building for education under permitted development rights, the Great School Trust’s Kings Leadership Academy will be created.

This free independent academy will have capacity for 1,050 pupils across seven form groups to meet a need for school places in the district, according to the plans submitted to Liverpool City Council which were approved by officers in a delegated decision.

The 53,000 sq ft office building is currently vacant but with a potential increase in traffic on the horizon with the development of the school, conditions have been included in the permission.

These include the installation of dropped kerbs, improvements to the pedestrian route between Stephenson Way and Rathbone Road, and the introduction of some parking restrictions.

Carter Jonas, SLR, Hans Tucker Associates, and HSP Consulting all feature on the project team.

To view the plans, search for reference number 24PV/0303 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.

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Common sense prevailed at last

By Liverpolitis

Sony are still in Liverpool btw they have relocated to city centre.

By Anonymous

Will bring activity to that area and surely must benefit local shops and businesses.
Good public transport round that way too.

By Anonymous

Excellent idea what a great solution

By Paul M - Woolton

Isn’t there a state of the art school in Speke lying unused and empty near Morrisons supermarket? Built under a PFI contract? Under the old Anderson regime?

By Bob Dawson

Good public transport? 139 was withdrawn years ago. How are the infrequent buses going to cope with a thousand kids every morning?

By Anonymous

Wasn’t there a planning application for this a few years ago refused by LCC due to loss of employment land? The only reason it has been granted now is because of changes to prior approval legislation, which means the Council has to grant consent regardless of what their Local Plan says.

By Anonymous

There will need to be a pedestrian crossing installed at the Rathbone Road/Picton Road junction. It’s an absolute deathtrap and hundreds of kids will need to cross there.

By Anonymous

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