University plots Knowledge Quarter sports pitch

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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