Sensor City joint venture released concept designs for the 25,000 sq ft facility last December
Sensor City joint venture released concept designs for the 25,000 sq ft facility last December

Contractor sought for £15m Sensor City

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

IBI Group has been appointed by a joint venture between Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool as the architect for the £15m Sensor City incubator at Copperas Hill, while a search has been launched for a design-and-build contractor.

The Sensor City joint venture announced plans in December to develop the 25,000 sq ft facility which will ‘focus on creating, nurturing and establishing commercially viable hi-tech companies,’ according to tender documents.

The building is expected to house around 300 businesses within flexible laboratory and office space.

Development would occur over a two-stage design-and-build process, with construction starting in early 2016 and completing in 2017.

The construction contract is valued at between £6m and £8m.

The project was awarded a £5m grant last summer from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, as part of the Government’s creation of one of the first UK university enterprise zones in Liverpool.

Sensor City sits within the £80m Copperas Hill development area, which is being delivered by Liverpool John Moores University on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office near to Liverpool Lime Street.

A detailed masterplan for a 340,000 sq ft scheme designed by BDP is due to be submitted in the summer.

The deadline for receipt of tenders for Sensor City is 10 July 2015.

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Good to see the plans progressing and can’t wait for the construction to begin.

By Paul Bergin

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