Planning approved for Liverpool University ‘eco-halls’

Michael Hunt

University of Liverpool has gained approval from the council's planning committee for a £40m 'eco-halls' of residence in the city centre.

The nine storey building will be located in Grove Street with 700 students being based in the new development.

Liverpool City Council's planning committee approved plans with four in favour and three against.

Stride Treglown submitted a planning application for new halls of residence for the university in August last year.

The building will feature rainwater harvesting, low energy lighting and solar thermal water heating. The development will also feature green roofs with wildlife habitats built into the brickwork. It has achieved a BREEAM excellent pre-assessment rating.

The scheme is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2011.

The university was granted planning approval last month for a £25m south Liverpool academy to be constructed as well as a £90m 'nerve centre' for cancer research to be built on land occuppied by a car park adjacent to the university's biosciences building on the junction of Crown Street and West Derby Street.

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