Greenbank £90m student resi approved

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Liverpool City Council has granted planning permission to a £90m Sheppard Robson-designed rebuild and refurbishment of the University of Liverpool Greenbank campus.

The package of redevelopment by the University of Liverpool at Mossley Hill will see Derby House, Rathbone Hall, Rathbone House, Warden's House, Warden's Court and Roscoe and Gladstone Halls replaced by three new student accommodation blocks. These will be Derby Hall, Rathbone Hall and Gladstone Hall.

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The new build student accommodation will create 1,370 ensuite bedrooms in total, increasing the number of rooms by 40%.

The redevelopment is part of a £250m masterplan by the university to build and upgrade accommodation at its city and Mossley Hill base.

The materials, scale and massing of the design have been developed to reflect the character of the conservation area and respect the distinctive mature landscape of the Greenbank site.

Greenbank road viewThe new accommodation blocks will be created around three landscaped courtyards and range in height from five to eight-storeys making use of natural site levels. Their outer, or formal, elevations which face onto surrounding neighbourhood and conservation areas will be finished in brick referencing the character of existing buildings such as Derby Old Court. In contrast, the inner park facing facades to Rathbone and Derby Hall will be finished with metal shingles and Roscoe and Gladstone Halls with render introducing a range of tone, textures, and character to the inner courtyards and park setting.

The site contains a mix of buildings including Greenbank House, the grade 2-listed former home of the Rathbones, founding members of the University of Liverpool; Derby Old Court, the first hall of residence on the site opened in 1939, and the Annex. The site also contains a pond dating back to the late 18th Century.

The Annex and Derby Old Court will be refurbished and restored to provide a mix of catered accommodation with dining facilities, administrative and social areas for student support and wellbeing, with Greenbank House being developed as part of a separate phase into a quiet sanctuary study space.

Rupert Goddard, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: "We have worked very closely the University of Liverpool to develop this application, and are delighted with the news. We are now looking forward to continuing to work with the University in realising their vision."

The project team also includes quantity surveyor Gleeds, WYG on mechanical and electrical engineering, Sutcliffes for structural engineering and RLF as construction manager.

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Didn’t the Uni spend a lot of money making all these en suite etc. about 6 years ago?

By D Williams