JMU shortlists architects for new film and law schools

Liverpool John Moores University is continuing its ambitious new estate programme with architects being interviewed this week for the lucrative job to design new homes for the film and law schools in the city centre.

The new building or buildings – the detailed composition has yet to be finalised – would be situated on Clarence Street (the northern extension of Rodney Street) and rising up Brownlow Hill behind.

The shortlist of between four and six competing for the welcome commission in such a poor market is believed to include Atkins Design Studio, Austin-Smith:Lord, and Rick Mather Architects.

The Liverpool Screen School will sit next to the Art & Design Academy by Rick Mather currently under construction on Brownlow Hill below the Metropolitan Cathedral.

If designed as a separate building, the School of Law is likely to replace a 1960s building set back from Clarence Street. The school is currently based in the John Foster Building on nearby Mount Pleasant.

Austin-Smith:Lord was involved at the outset of LJMU's revived estate, designing the Aldham Robarts Learning Resource Centre between Rodney Street and Hope Street in 1994.

The university sold a portfolio of four buildings on Hope Street to Maghull Developments for mixed-use redevelopment to unlock the Art & Design Academy project.

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