The Copperas Hill site was acquired by Liverpool John Moores University in 2011. The former Royal Mail sorting office is a classic 1970s building and sits on a prime city centre site behind Lime Street station.
The university has now published a contract notice seeking a main contractor and building services supply chain partner to enter into a design and build contract to turn the old sorting office into a central teaching, library and sports facility.
The scheme also includes landscaping of adjacent land to create a suitable setting for the building and a city park.
The client already has its own team in place, comprising:
- Project manager – Christal Management
- Architects – BDP
- Cost consultants & employers agent – Sweett
- Civil & structural engineer – Curtins
- Building services engineer – Arup.
The university plans to submit a full planning application for the scheme in the summer of 2015 with a view to starting work onsite early in 2016. Parts of the building should be operational for the 2017/18 academic year and the full site operational in 2018.