Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Anson House

Research labs due on site in summer

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine plans to start work on the conversion of a rundown retail and residential building near its current facility into offices as it expands to keep pace with a £200m research order book.

Planning permission is expected to be granted in the coming weeks for the change of use and remodelling of the building, on the corner of Anson Street and Pembroke Place. The project was designed by Broadway Malyan.

Construction could start in July or August on an 11-month build. The project is expected to cost between £5m and £10m depending on the result of outstanding funding applications. Funding will be provided by a variety of sources including the Regional Growth Fund, which has already committed £1.5m.

The new office building will be used to set up a Centre for Maternal and Child Health.

A separate proposal to build a 50,000 sq ft facility to effectively double the size of the school on a site next to Anson House and directly opposite the current school is going subject to negotiations with existing landowners including Iliad Group, which supports the development. A deal is expected to be agreed in the coming months.

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine was the first institution in the world dedicated to tropical disease and has led the fight against infectious diseases ever since. A registered charity, LSTM works in 60 countries combating diseases such as TB, HIV/ AIDS, malaria and dengue.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave $50m to the school in 2005 and followed this up with a further $31m in 2010.

The deadline for contractors to register an interest in the Anson House redevelopment is 17 June.

Tweeds advises Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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