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The site off Mulberry Street houses several buildings once used for student accommodation

University plots Knowledge Quarter sports pitch

Dan Whelan

The University of Liverpool has submitted plans for an artificial football pitch intended to give a new lease of life to a disused site within its city campus.

Manchester-based planning consultant P4 Planning lodged an application on behalf of the university for a site located off Mulberry Street in the shadow of Liverpool’s grade two-listed Metropolitan Cathedral.

Under the plans, the 3G (artificial) pitch would occupy the 37,000 sq ft site, which currently houses several buildings once used as student accommodation, but which have stood vacant for the last five years. They will be demolished as part of the scheme.

Bootle-based Cunliffes is the architect for the project.

The university had originally hoped the project would be completed in time for the 2020/21 academic year but the targeted completion date has since been revised and predicted for this time next year.

The development, known as Chestnut and Vine after the names of the student housing blocks, falls within the Mount Pleasant Conservation Area and forms part of the university’s wider £1bn masterplan.

The masterplan, which is intended to shape the development of the university’s estate over the next 15 years, will also include a new facility for the School of Architecture and a £65m Electrical Engineering and Electronics facility.

Rhian Thomas, associate at P4 Planning, said: “This facility will introduce new sporting activity at the heart of the university’s main campus, important for health and wellbeing and complementing the wider leisure offer.”

The project will also provide equipment tables for teqball, a cross between football and table tennis played on a curved table, and table tennis.

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The naming of the streets and blocks after trees and shrubs harks back to the first Liverpool Botanic Garden which was established in this area in the 18th century by William Roscoe with the help of renowned botanist Anna Blackburne of Orford Park Warrington. The Gardens moved to The Botanic Gardens Wavertree, and then to Calderstones Park. The important orchid collection remains in Croxteth Park. The University should try to incorporate a ‘memory’ of the original Botanic Garden as a component of their developing landscape masterplan.

By Liverpolitan

The run-off’s look to be incorrect for FA guidance.. but I’m sure this is just 3d vis ‘licence’

By Adam Ash

Is this the best use for valuable town centre land .?? … Also I have seen football ball pitch’s put on building roofs

By George

The original funding for these gardens undoubtedly derived by skimming profits from empire trade, an altogether less wholesome endeavour.

By Second City of the British Empire

This would be a more appropriate stadium for Everton

By Sticky Toffee

@ 2nd City of the BE, nearly every city and wealthy citzen in the UK benefited from the triangular trade. From all walks of life, David Olusoga presented a tv documentary on how widespread the ownership of slaves was in Britain, from Vicars to housewives to companies and other organisations. Very enlightening and truthful.
I agree with some of the comments, the space could be better used unless one of the rail way tunnels are underneath impairing construction of something much more substantial?

By Liverpolitis

Nail it down before they decide to change its location to Manchester.

By Mike McDonut

William Roscoe was one of the country’s most prominent abolitionists. He stood up and fought for his beliefs taking on the vested interests of the time. He was a hugely civilising influence in his city and on the country, and Liverpool’s Botanic Gardens were just one of his gifts to the city.

By Liverpolitan