Copperas Hill - Liverpool John Moores University

Further to an extensive engagement programme our team successfully gained planning permission for the £64 million transformation of Copperas Hill into a vibrant new student destination for Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

Situated in the heart of the city adjacent to Liverpool Lime Street Station, the former Royal Mail Sorting office which closed in 2010, will now become LJMU’s exciting plans for a Student Life Building and Sports Building, significantly enhancing the student-experience in the City.

LJMU’s scheme has been designed to address existing constraints and mark the entrance to the Knowledge Quarter. The inclusion of new public spaces will further transform Copperas Hill into a vibrant, attractive place that everyone can enjoy. The development also reveals exciting new views of the Metropolitan Cathedral and improves connections between the KQ, Sensor City and Liverpool City Centre.

Greg Dickson, Planning Director, said: “The regeneration of Copperas Hill forms a key component in the delivery of both LJMU’s Strategic Framework and the vision for the Gateway to the KQ. The proposals present an exciting opportunity to transform this forgotten area of Liverpool to deliver a high-quality Student Life and Sports Buildings to create a connected LJMU campus in Liverpool City Centre.”

The University is planning to develop the 1.4 hectare site in two phases as part of a wider masterplan investment across the LJMU estate. Work on phase 1 of the scheme is expected to be completed by autumn of 2020.


Project Details

  • 1.4 hectare site
  • £64 million development
  • Student Life building
  • Sports building
  • Improved connection between KQ, Sensor City and Liverpool City Centre

We submitted the application on behalf of LJMU, having been appointed by Faithful+Gould (member of SNC Lavalin Group), working alongside Sheppard Robson, Cundall and WSP to prepare the application.

Our planning and heritage team have also gained permission for an extension to Aldham Robarts Library which is part of a programme of library enhancements by LJMU.

Image: Sheppard Robson & Planit-IE