£64m Copperas Hill student scheme back on table

Plans have been revived for the £64m redevelopment of the old Royal Mail sorting site office near Liverpool’s Lime Street station have been revived.

Liverpool John Moores University ditched the plan last year after the sorting office was demolished and the £100m cost of the Copperas Hill scheme for students escalated.

The new plan will include two new buildings – a student life building and sports building – to be completed by summer 2020.

Professor Nigel Weatherill, LJMU Vice-Chancellor said: “We have taken time to develop the plans for the regeneration of Copperas Hill and we believe we have now arrived at the right approach.”

Project managers, quantity surveyors, employers’ agent and principal designers with be Faithful+Gould, working alongside architect Sheppard Robson, civil, structural and building services engineers Cundall and fire engineers WSP.

Ged McNicholl, regional director of Faithful+Gould said: “Copperas Hill is one of Liverpool City Region’s key strategic gateway sites and the scheme will act as a catalyst for the future campus development, and be a critical component of the Knowledge Quarter. LJMU is a very ambitious and progressive client who we look forward to working with.”