Plans for new Liverpool International College approved

The proposed new LIC facility

Proposals for Liverpool International College (LIC) new ‘live-learn’ facility have received approval today, making it the first development with planning permission approval to build in Liverpool’s new Knowledge Quarter.

LIC, which operates through a partnership between the University and Kaplan, recruits and prepares more than 800 international students for entry into the University’s degree programmes each year with courses in academic skills, key subject knowledge and English language.

LIC submitted plans in 2016 to develop a new `live-learn’ facility in the new Knowledge Quarter where Grove Street intersects Smithdown Lane.

Leelee Yates, Director of LIC, said: “We are delighted the plans for our own purpose-built facility have been approved. With the Knowledge Quarter becoming established as a world-leading hub for innovation, our new location will offer our students exciting opportunities and convenient access to University facilities.”

Linda Cowan, managing director, (UK) , Kaplan International Pathways said: “As we celebrate ten years of successful partnership with the University of Liverpool, recently extended for another 15 years, this is a fitting time to receive this good news,”

The new facility will:

  • Deliver 47,000 sq ft on 13 storeys of cutting-edge academic, residential and administrative space with an impressive three-storey atrium
  • Provide a home away from home for the international students with 259 beds in larger single bedrooms, in a mix of cluster and studio apartments, all en-suite, with enhanced storage
  • House a café, Knowledge Hub, study booths, and social area with game and study zones with expanded opening hours to suit students’ varied schedules
  • Provide 24/7 surveillance from reception
  • Offer access to University facilities including libraries, IT suites and sports facilities
  • Act as a gateway to the University of Liverpool campus with its frontage onto Grove Street
  • Have fantastic views across the City of Liverpool, up the Mersey out to the Irish Sea and across the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh Hills
  • Open in January 2019

Kaplan International Pathways supports 40 partner universities around the world by increasing their international student enrolments and preparing students for higher education study.

Planning approval is subject to a Section 106 Agreement and Judicial Review period.



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