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Copperas Hill, Liverpool John Moores University

A vibrant student centre and sport building at the heart of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

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Liverpool, United Kingdom


Liverpool John Moore University

Faithful + Gould


Sheppard Robson Architects

The five-storey former postal sorting office has been removed to make way for two new buildings. The new Student Life building provides student facilities, including a student union, career advice centre and general teaching areas. The new sports building is  equipped with an eight-court sports hall and gymnasium with associated changing facilities.

As the site is located next to Liverpool Lime Street station, our geotechnical team had to demonstrate through complex analysis that the integrity of the rock was in line with Network Rail’s requirements when designing foundations. To ensure the office spaces adhered to the brief our teams proposed the use of long span cellular beams. This maximised the floor area and heights and integrated the building services within the structural zone in the Student Life building.

Alicja Brym, Associate commented, “The development will lead to the formation of LJMU’s Connected University Campus Village, with the new buildings becoming a central focal point whilst encouraging increased interaction and collaboration between different faculties.”

Key fact

Active chilled beams and C02 sensor controls provide a low energy solution to reaching BREEAM Excellent.


Key fact

A regenerated key gateway site next to Liverpool Lime Street station.


Key fact

State -of-the-art student facilities.


Paul Kenyon with office background

Paul Kenyon

Partner, Building Services

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Cundall’s multi-disciplinary team has worked closely with the architect and project manager to deliver this exciting new development that will transform this area of Liverpool.



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