The current Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics

Architects vie for £50m University of Liverpool brief

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

A shortlist of architects has been chosen to potentially deliver the latest schemes at the University of Liverpool, relating to the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics and the School of Environmental Sciences.

From a longlist of 20 practices, seven have been progressed to the next stage; Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, Sheppard Robson, Fairhursts Design Group, K2 with Reiach & Hall, Ellis Williams Architects, Stride Treglown and Ryder Architecture.

The Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics is currently based on Brownlow Hill, while the School of Environmental Sciences is nearby on Brownlow Street, with a second building on Bedford Street.

The project has an estimated £50m value, and would see electrical engineering relocate to elsewhere in the university’s campus, involving refurbishment and redevelopment of buildings.

Meanwhile, next door to the electronics department, the School of Environmental Sciences is planning a refurbishment of its existing buildings.

An architectural competition is also under way for works connected to the university’s engineering faculty.

The University of Liverpool is bringing forward a 15-year, £1bn masterplan for its campuses in the city centre and at Leahurst in Cheshire.

The plan includes a series of new-builds and redevelopment projects across the University’s estate; some of these, including the Digital Innovation Facility designed by IBI, and a £21m Arts & Humanities Centre designed by Ellis Williams Architects, have already come forward.

The university appointed Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios to the masterplan brief in December 2017, and brought the detailed plan forward for consultation earlier this year.

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