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The University is seeking feedback on its £1billion Masterplan Estate Strategy, which outlines the vision for its estate over the next fifteen years and beyond.
Staff, students, stakeholders and members of the public are invited to feedback on the University’s proposals, which are on display in the Guild of Students, at Leahurst and via webpages, until Friday, 10 May.
The Masterplan sets out a wide range of proposals, with early projects including the development of a £23m showcase building for the School of Architecture; a new £42m Electrical Engineering and Electronics facility; significant enhancements to the Veterinary Institute facilities at the Leahurst campus; a new multi-storey car park and the creation of a new University Park opposite Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Building projects which have been announced in recent months, such as the Digital Innovation Facility and the Arts and Humanities Centre, as well as a range of other facilities to enhance teaching, research and impact and student life space on the University’s campuses are also included.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer, said, “We are proud of our place in the City and of our architectural heritage. Our plans are sensitive to this and provide exciting new opportunities to further enhance the appearance of our campuses and their surroundings.
“Whilst our estate already boasts some world-class facilities and wonderful spaces, we need continued investment to best support our ambitious future plans. This Masterplan provides an exciting, clear and coherent vision for our university campuses and includes significant investment which will have a number of positive regional impacts, not least on the economy.
“I’m keen to hear what staff, students and the general public think of these proposals.”
The Masterplan creates a new University Park in the heart of the Liverpool campus, together with plans to revitalise existing courtyards, turning them into green pockets. It also includes a commitment to becoming a 1,000 tree campus, with a carefully devised public realm vision to support the University’s commitments to sustainability and wellbeing.
To achieve this, the Masterplan includes proposals to remove small, disparate car parks in the centre of the Liverpool campus and replace these with three multi-storey car parks towards its perimeter.
Plans to improve accessibility and further promote equality, diversity and inclusivity on campus are also a key part of the proposals.
Significant investment is also planned for the University’s Leahurst campus, based in Cheshire, which is home to the Institute of Veterinary Science. This includes major developments for equine care, expanded research facilities and a redeveloped student skills zone.
Webpages with more details on the Masterplan and a feedback form are available here.
Consultation displays providing details on the Masterplan are on show until Friday, 10 May in the Street in the Guild of Students. Staff from Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services and the Masterplan’s architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will be available 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm on Wednesday, 1 May and Friday, 10 May in this location to answer questions and hear feedback.
In addition, presentations on the Masterplan will take place at the following times:
Wednesday, 1 May, 1-2pm, Mandella room, Guild of Students
Friday, 10 May, 1-2pm, Lecture Theatre D in the Central Teaching Hub.
Consultation displays will also be available at the Leahurst campus in Leahurst House Refectory Entrance from Thursday, 2 May to Friday, 10 May. On Wednesday, 22 May staff from Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services and the Masterplan’s architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will be available 5.30-7pm in the Leahurst lecture theatre to answer questions and hear feedback.
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