Greenbank proposals set for sign-off

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Liverpool City Council is due to approve plans for the 490,000 sq ft redevelopment of Greenbank student village in Mossley Hill at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday 21 April.

The application from the University of Liverpool is for a 20-acre site, and involves the 400,000 sq ft rebuild of several blocks currently on the campus, alongside 70,000 sq ft of refurbishment.

In total, 1,370 student bedrooms will be delivered. There are currently 915 rooms provided across two halls: Derby & Rathbone, and Gladstone & Roscoe.

The scheme will see the demolition of Derby & Rathbone Halls, Rathbone House, Warden's House, Warden's Court, and Roscoe & Gladstone Halls, to be replaced with three new blocks called Derby Hall, Rathbone Hall and Gladstone Hall.

The grade 2-listed Greenbank House would be refurbished to provide support accommodation. The plans include a 15,000 sq ft sports building, sports pitches, and a pavilion.

The report to the council ahead of the committee meeting said: "The head of planning has considered all of the issues and considers this application to represent an enhancement of the area and an attraction to the student community to the benefit of the local economy."

According to 2014 estimates, the new-build will cost around £50m, refurbishment £4m and sports facility £4m. The works will be phased to allow continuous use of the canteens currently located at the site.

The design team includes Sheppard Robson, quantity surveyor Gleeds, WYG on mechanical and electrical engineering, Sutcliffes for structural engineering and RLF as construction manager. Knight Frank submitted the application.

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