It is anticipated that the University of Liverpool will make a £600 million investment in new buildings.
The university’s student housing will be rebuilt to the tune of $250 million as part of the project. High-quality residence halls for students at the city centre campus are being built with a £44 million investment that is now under way and will open in 2012. The 710-room complex will include retail space and a restaurant with a capacity for 250 people, and it will include cutting-edge green architecture.
More than three-quarters of a billion pounds will be spent on the university’s academic estate in Liverpool’s city centre and on the Wirral’s Leahurst campus.
This investment will complement our strategic strategy with a focus on improving the student experience and research excellence,” said Steve Dickson, director of facilities management at the university.
“We know from market research that in order to attract the best students, the University needs to offer more accommodation at its city centre campus, particularly self-catered and en-suite rooms. This year, we received twice as many applications for our student housing as last, so it’s critical that we make this big investment now to ensure that we can satisfy future student demand. The city of Liverpool relies heavily on its student population, which has an annual economic impact of almost £300 million.
In order to draw the brightest students to the University of Liverpool, it is critical that all parts of the student experience – including housing – be of the highest quality possible. In order to provide the kind of housing that students expect from a world-class university, we plan to renovate our current on-campus accommodations and invest in new ones.
There will be new homes built on Brownlow Hill at Mulberry Court and Alsop in addition to the existing ones, which will provide students with cutting-edge living arrangements and allow the university to expand its on-campus housing capacity even further.
Off-campus housing will also be improved, with new apartments being built at the Greenbank site in Mossley Hill, which will have food and sports facilities for students to live independently. The ancient 18th century Greenbank House which was donated to the university by the Rathbone family, will also benefit from a £5m investment.
A £25 million investment in state-of-the-art centralised teaching facilities is also transforming the teaching environment for science-based topics. By providing a cutting-edge, high-quality laboratory space, the new building, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011, will benefit a wide range of physical science courses at the university.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will spend £32 million on new teaching facilities, while the Management School will spend £7.5 million on an addition and the Guild of Students will receive £9 million in upgrades. Other major projects include more student social space and a £4m investment in sports facilities.
Over 600 researchers will be able to work in state-of-the-art labs when the university’s anticipated £70 million scientific research complex is finished in its first phase in October 2011.