Liverpool Uni considers final three for £1bn estates plan

The University of Liverpool has narrowed its search for a masterplanner for its £1bn estates strategy to three design teams; BDP, Feilden Clegg Bradley with Planit-IE, and K2 with Reiach & Hall.

The university invited a longlist including Sheppard Robson, Stride Treglown and Fairhursts Design Group to bid for the project earlier this year, to work up a framework which would translate the 2026 strategy published last year into a deliverable estates plan.

Negotiations are now moving forward, and the winner is due to be selected early in the New Year.

The university launched its 2026 Strategy in April 2016, laying out “visions and aspirations” for the next decade of growth.

The strategy outlined an aim for the university to be world-leading in specific research areas, such as advanced materials, infectious disease and personalised health.

Specific use of the university’s estate in delivering this plan is yet to be defined, and the selected architect is expected to advise on the most efficient use of the university’s central campus in Liverpool, including whether to demolish, refurbish or develop new-build facilities.

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