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Shortlisted for University of Liverpool £50 million project


Creating new teaching facilities at the University of Liverpool

A shortlist of architects has been chosen to potentially deliver the latest schemes at the University of Liverpool, relating to the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics and the School of Environmental Sciences.

From a longlist of 20 practices, seven have been progressed to the next stage; Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, Sheppard Robson, Fairhursts Design Group, K2 Architects with Reiach & Hall, Ellis Williams Architects, Stride Treglown and Ryder Architecture.

The Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics is currently based on Brownlow Hill, while the School of Environmental Sciences is nearby on Brownlow Street, with a second building on Bedford Street.

The project has an estimated £50m value, and would see electrical engineering relocate to elsewhere in the university’s campus, involving refurbishment and redevelopment of buildings.

Meanwhile, next door to the electronics department, the School of Environmental Sciences is planning a refurbishment of its existing buildings.

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Construction Industry STEAM Day


50 Students took part in hands-on activities to develop their skills

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths – subjects that can create innovations that can positively design and change the world around us. However, a skills shortage and a reduced school curriculum in these areas have been making it increasingly difficult to recruit the next generation into these roles. The objective of the day was to introduce the students to the wonderful world of STEAM.

50 Year 8 and 9 students from three schools across Liverpool and Lancashire took part in hands-on activities designed to develop their key skills including project management, communication, teamwork and leadership, as well as technical STEAM skills relating to engineering, architecture, marketing and design.

The day was led by industry professionals Morgan Sindall and Curtins, supported by K2 Architects, members of the ICE and the Engineering faculty at Liverpool John Moores University. This meant there was plenty of opportunities for the students to receive careers advice and find out how the STEAM lessons they’re covering in school will contribute to their future careers.

The students rotated around five different activities where they interacted with BIM models, value engineered structures, designed LEGO buildings, branded their own products, took part in a panel discussion and constructed a real bridge, which was brought up from North Wales by the ICE.

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro


Climbing Kilimanjaro for Claire House

This autumn we are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Claire House children’s Hospice.

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Knowledge Quarter SRF Team Appointed


Liverpool’s £2bn Knowledge Quarter Gateway

Liverpool City Council has appointed K2 Architects, GVA How Planning, and Planit-IE to develop a masterplan for the Knowledge Quarter Gateway.

The partnership will now create a Spatial Regeneration Framework for the Gateway, which covers more than 56 acres. It is hoping to form a draft masterplan for consultation towards the end of this year, which could be adopted by the council’s cabinet in early 2019.

Key issues will include how best to redevelop the Lime Street area around the Adelphi Hotel, Central Station and Mount Pleasant; dovetailing the proposals from Liverpool John Moores University at Copperas Hill; plans for the Fabric District and London Road; Merseytravel’s plans for Central Station and private sector schemes such as Circus Liverpool at the former Lewis’s building.

The team will also include a number of supporting consultants including Mott Macdonald on transport, GVA on property advisory services, Rob Burns on heritage and Enfusion on strategic environmental assessment.

The council recently acquired Central Station shopping centre and is overseeing public realm proposals for St George’s Plateau. It has also set out an ambition to redevelop the Mount Pleasant car park area.

KQ Liverpool is classed as a Mayoral Development Zone, with its main project on site being the £1bn Paddington Village scheme.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “The Knowledge Quarter Gateway is vital to this city’s economic future and such is the scale of its potential it will be a huge employer for generations to come.

“This gateway project is now the final piece in the jigsaw to connect the site to the rest of the city centre and complete the wider regeneration of Lime Street, Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill. Its impact cannot be underestimated.”

Mark Davies, director at K2 Architects, said: The KQ Liverpool vision is for a new epicentre that will break down the historical boundaries and repurpose the magnificent heritage to reconnect the Gateway to the city, Knowledge Quarter and the waterfront. The KQ Gateway is about ambition, not acccepting the norm and going the extra mile.”

Once approved by the council’s cabinet, the SRF will be adopted as a Spatial Planning Document to guide all future planning applications in the area and provide developers with detailed information of design and build issues including height, scale and massing of buildings.

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of KQ Liverpool, concluded: “KQ represents one of the greatest development opportunities in the UK and, alongside Paddington Village, will have a major impact on the city’s economy, creating thousands of jobs, in science, tech, health, education, retail and leisure.

“The SRF will truly allow us to plan a world-class development, enabling Liverpool to continue to compete with any city in Europe.”

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