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Liverpool University sets out £600m development

The University of Liverpool has revealed details of a £600 million investment plan for its accommodation and academic facilities.

The investment includes a £250m redevelopment of the university’s student accommodation.  Ocon Construction is already working on a £44m sustainable accommodation project at the city centre campus, due to open in 2012.

A further £350m is earmarked for investment in the academic estate at the city centre campus and Leahurst campus on the Wirral.

Steve Dickson, director of facilities management at the university, said: “We’re making these investments to support our strategic plan with particular emphasis on enhancing the student experience and research excellence.

“Applications for our accommodation have doubled this year and it’s important that we make this significant investment in order to meet student demand in the future. The student population is very important to the city – students contribute around £300m to Liverpool’s economy every year.”

The Ocon project is set to deliver a 710-bedroom sustainable development, with shops and a 250-seat restaurant.  New residences are planned for the Mulberry Court and Alsop sites on Brownlow Hill, while the university is also set to invest in its off-campus accommodation at Greenbank site at Mossley Hill, where it plans to provide a self-contained student village with catering and sports facilities.  The University’s historic 18th century Greenbank House will benefit from a £5m investment.

The academic estate plans include £70m investment in its science research facilities to accommodate 600 researchers.  The first phase - £25m of centralised teaching laboratories - is due for completion in October.  The university plans to invest £32m in teaching facilities in humanities and social sciences, £7.5m in an extension to its Management School and £9m in a refurbishment of its Guild of Students. Other new developments include student social space and a £4m investment in sports facilities. 

Councillor Joe Anderson, leader of Liverpool City Council, said: “This isn’t small scale stuff. The University of Liverpool wants to punch its weight as one of the country’s leading universities and one of the finest research centres in the world. This investment will go a long way to helping it do just that.

“These proposals will also provide jobs and employment opportunities for local people, not to mention the promise of apprenticeships to help people gain vital experience in their trade.”

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