LJMU students work on concepts for Liverpool Waters cultural building

Architectural technology students have been tasked with designing a new cultural building for Peel’s £5 billion Liverpool Waters regeneration project.

The final year group from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is working on concepts for the proposed building in the Central Dock neighbourhood.

A group of 25 students and two members of staff have visited the Liverpool Waters site for a tour and discussion about the masterplan as part of the design brief.

Ian Pollitt, assistant project director at Liverpool Waters, provided an update on work at the 60-hectare site and Paul Grover from Arup gave an overview of planning. Peter Swift from Planit was also on hand to provide an update on Central Dock proposals during the visit, and the group spoke to heritage expert Rob Burns about the history of the site.

Central Dock is one of five neighbourhoods at Liverpool Waters and will house the new Isle of Man ferry terminal along with business, residential, entertainment and leisure facilities as well as a new public park.

Outline planning permission for the neighbourhood includes an allocation of 3,800 homes, 25,000 sq m of restaurants and bars and 166,000 sq m of office space.

Michael Farragher, senior lecturer in architectural technology at LJMU, says: “This project is all about getting students out of the classroom to tackle real life challenges and put their skills into practice on a real project. This is the next generation of architects and it’s really important that they gain the practical skills that they will need to succeed in their career.

“The new cultural building at Liverpool Waters will be a landmark on our world-famous waterfront and is a great opportunity for our students to demonstrate what they can do. The Liverpool Waters team were really accommodating and I’d like to thank them for taking the time to talk to our group and give the students an insight into managing such an enormous project.”

Ian Pollitt adds: “We are proud of the community work that we do here and this project is a really good example of our engagement programme. We work with all the Liverpool universities to ensure that graduate students can benefit from Liverpool Waters.

“The enthusiasm shown by the LJMU students for all things design, technology and engineering was infectious and I’m looking forward to seeing the designs when they are finished.”

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