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Copperas Hill - Liverpool John Moores University

Securing planning permission to transform Copperas Hill into a vibrant new student destination

  • 1.4

    Hectare City Site

  • £64M


  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

    Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

Unlocking the potential of a small city center site through community engagement and innovative planning

Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU) set out to transform a forgotten site in the heart of Liverpool into a landmark student destination. LJMU enlisted our professionals, as part of a larger team, to provide town planning services to realise this ambition.

Engagement with the local and LMJU student community helped the team understand the complexities of this urban site, and focus the proposals on delivering a regenerative gateway development for the Liverpool Lime Street and Knowledge Quarter area of the city. Our pre-application activity sought to address sensitivies such as the proximity of the proposals to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the opportunity the scheme has to enhance LJMU’s connection to the city centre, their wider campus, and the surrounding business community.

The proposals provide a focal point for student life, housing advice and wellbeing services, student union and international exchange student support, careers advice, teaching spaces, and extensive sports facilities.

With phase one completed in 2021, the scheme forms a key part of the LJMU’s investment masterplan and meets its ambition to contribute to the city centre’s regeneration and Liverpool’s economy.

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  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Sheppard Robson, Cundall, WSP
Sheppard Robson, Faithful+Gould

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