Liverpool John Moores University select Lendlease for £80m BIM project

An impression of the site once completed. Credit: BDP
An impression of the site once completed. Credit: BDP

The development of a former Royal Mail sorting office owned by Liverpool John Moores University will be completed by Lendlease, who have been selected by the university to take on the £80m contract.

Building Information Modelling will be implemented on the project, which will transform the former parcel plant into “a significant focal point for the university and Liverpool city centre”, that’s according to an official press release.

In addition to carry out the construction work, Lendlease are also educating students about technological elements of the BDP designed project, including BIM and 3D imaging.

Commenting on the multi-functional space, Simon Gorski, Lendlease’s Executive General Manager of UK Regions said: “The challenge of retaining the existing and very prominent structure and utilising it to create an iconic and inspirational multi-purpose facility is really exciting. We are delighted to be back in Liverpool.”

The Copperas Hill site will include lecture theatres, seminar areas, an eight-court sports hall, dance studios, cafés amongst other outlets. The report states that the build will “act as a gateway to Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, and bring together the university’s Mount Pleasant and Byrom Street campuses”.

The existing structure will have two mezzanine levels added to it, increasing floor space by over 75,000sqm to 355,500sqm.

“Sometimes the term ‘transformational’ is overused but the impact of the new development at Copperas Hill cannot be over-estimated,” stated Nigel Weatherill, the University’s Vice Chancellor. “Importantly for LJMU it will revolutionise the student experience and the physical shape of the university but it will also have a highly positive effect on the city itself.”

Discussing BDP’s plans back in December, their Architect Director Sue Emms stated: “Copperas Hill will be transformed into a vibrant, student-centred and convivial hub building and provide a new focus to LJMU’s campus.

“The new central atrium creates a spiritual heart and a sense of place within the building and learning terraces step up uniting all levels, users and activities. The terraces will animate the building externally and connect the new city park at ground level to a sky garden on the roof. The highly glazed building will showcase the university and be transparent, open and connected.”

For more on this story, view the press release over at the Lendlease website.

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