Liverpool City Council is set to approve the construction of the first building within the Knowledge Quarter’s Paddington Village, as part of the redevelopment of the former Archbishop Blanch school site.
The 13-storey building will be used as a live-learn facility by Liverpool International College, operated through a partnership between Kaplan international and the University of Liverpool.
The council’s planning committee is due to meet on Tuesday 21 February to consider the scheme, with a recommendation to approve.
The development on Grove Street will include 45,000 sq ft of teaching and learning space, and 260 bedrooms. The architect is CPMG.
LIC recruits and prepares more than 800 international students for entry into the university’s degree programmes each year with courses in academic skills, key subject knowledge and English language.
The new building will house a café, knowledge hub, study booths, and social area with game and study zones with expanded opening hours to suit students’ varied schedules.
An opening date is planned for 2019.
Paddington Village is part of a £1bn pipeline of projects planned within the Knowledge Quarter, centred around the former Archbishop Blanch school site. The final version of the strategic regeneration framework for the site will go before Liverpool City Council’s cabinet on Friday. Following two months of consultation prior to Christmas, some details within the masterplan have been altered. A 25-storey tower was initially proposed as a gateway to the site, which is now set to be replaced by two smaller buildings of 15 storeys.