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£1bn investment plan in the pipeline for University of Liverpool over the next 15 years

Both the city centre campus and Leahurst campus in Cheshire will be improved in the development plan


The University of Liverpool will soon seek public views and opinions on its 15 year investment plan, which will see around £1bn injected into developing the campus' building and infrastructure, with the aim of modernising more of the estate.

The masterplan includes a series of new-builds and redevelopment projects, including the "Digital Innovation Faculty", designed by IBI, and an estimated £21m investment in an "Arts & Humanities Centre".

Other parts of the masterplan include creating a central green within the campus, and improving already existing public space. In order to make space for these developments, it has been proposed that the university will remove smaller car parks within its city centre campus and build three multi-storey car parks towards the edge of the campus.

Additionally, the university has also pledged "significant investment" in its Leahurst campus, located in Cheshire, where the veterinary institute is located. Part of this will involve expanded research facilities and a redeveloped student skills area.

A series of consultation events will now be held, starting on 29th April. Exhibitions will be on show until 10th May and will be located on the ground floor of the Guild. Architect representatives will be available for a Q&A session between 12-1pm and 2-3pm on the 1st and 10th May. A further public consultation will take place on 1st May between 5-7pm in the Bronte Youth and Community Centre, located on Trowbridge Street.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, 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."