Planning approved on Liverpool university buildings

Michael Hunt

A new 120,000 sq ft education building for Liverpool John Moores University on the corner of Brownlow Hill and Clarence Street has been given approval from the Liverpool City Council planning committee.

The six-storey building, the latest in a £180m revamp of the university's estate, will replace the Clarence Street Tower.

The new £37.6m facility will house the Screen School, set up in 2007 to meet the digital age, and the Faculty of Business and Law, which has 4,500 students and 220 staff.

In July this year, ADP Architects won the contest to design a new education building for Liverpool John Moores University [as revealed in Place 7 July 2009].

ADP is headquartered in Birmingham but has a Manchester office. The practice beat Atkins Design Studio, Austin-Smith:Lord, and Rick Mather Architects to the screen and law school job.

The entrance will be on Brownlow Hill, which aligns the new building with the university's £27m art and design academy.

Construction work is expected to start in spring 2010 with a view to opening in summer 2012.

Meanwhile, the University of Liverpool has gained approval from the council's planning committee 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.

The £25m south Liverpool academy will be built on the two sites of the schools it is replacing, Allerton's New Heys comprehensive and Garston RC secondary St Benedict's. It is scheduled to open next year.

The 'nerve centre' is due to open in 2011.

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