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Morgan Sindall Construction reaches completion on £64.5m Copperas Hill scheme for LJMU

Date: 11/03/2021

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We're pleased to announce that Liverpool John Moores University has taken handover of its landmark new development on Copperas Hill.

This comes after Morgan Sindall Construction reached practical completion of the three and a half acre site in the heart of the city centre.

The £64.5m development has regenerated a key gateway site next to Liverpool Lime Street station. 



Pagabo Procured 

The pre-contract design team was led by Faithful+Gould following procurement though our Professional Services Framework. Faithful+Gould were appointed under Lot 1 of the Framework which allowed them to deliver a variety of services both in house and through their supply chain. They engaged with 17 suppliers on the scheme, 83% of which were SMEs and Microbusinesses. 

The University also utilised our Major Works Framework to appoint Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver the full build. 



What does the Copperas Hill scheme incorporate? 

The Student Life Building

A five-storey building housing a range of student-facing services, including advice and wellbeing, careers advice, international exchanges, an area for individual and group study, the Students’ Union (JMSU) and general teaching spaces.

The Sports Building

A two-storey building with outstanding facilities such as an eight-court sports hall, two multi-purpose halls and a state-of-the-art gym.



The development has also created attractive public open spaces, benefitting the local community as well as students and staff.

LJMU will bring the new facilities into use for the start of the 2021/22 academic year in September (subject to Government guidance relating to COVID-19).


Professor Ian Campbell, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, said: “I’m delighted that we have taken handover of our fantastic new facilities on Copperas Hill.

“This major development is a key element of our Estates Masterplan through which we have invested in state-of-the-art new facilities and the refurbishment of existing buildings in our estate.

“Our priority is to provide our students with an outstanding experience during their time at LJMU and these new facilities will provide the perfect environment for study, research, sports and fitness and to access the wide range of support we offer.

“Copperas Hill will help to connect our City Campus and Mount Pleasant Campus and we are proud to be playing such a key role in regenerating this area of our city. I’m looking forward to welcoming our students and staff to Copperas Hill later this year.

“We appreciate the collaborative work of Morgan Sindall Construction and the whole client and contractor team in delivering this project on budget at a challenging site and through an unprecedented period with the pandemic.”


A major boost to the local economy and community 

Throughout the project, Morgan Sindall Construction and the university have worked in tandem to ensure the scheme had maximum impact on the regional economy and the educational prospects of local students.

Nearly half of Morgan Sindall Construction’s 1,398-strong project workforce was newly recruited from the local area, in addition to its staff already employed by the company based in Liverpool and the surrounding areas.

The established methodology Local Multiplier 3 (LM3), which calculates the economic impact made within the region a construction project is based, has revealed that as a result of this commitment a £108 million return on investment was produced in terms of social value.

Additionally, guest lectures and input into attendance panels were provided in order to help Liverpool John Moores University students benefit from the presence of a leading contractor at their university.



Richard Potts, Liverpool area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “It’s always a proud moment to hand over a project to a client, but especially so when your work has had a real impact on the community in which you work.

“At a time when the economy has taken an unprecedented hit as a result of the pandemic, our commitment to driving social value on every aspect of our work at Copperas Hill has resulted in a skills and learning legacy that will benefit the city for many years to come.

“The Sports Building and Student Life building will not only form a key component of the University’s exceptional student experience, but will also be two of the first sights of visitors from around the world as they arrive into our city from Lime Street Station.

“Along with our ongoing schemes at the Knowledge Quarter, this represents another key component of our work in helping to create a city centre that will thrive in the years ahead.”

The pre-contract design team was led by Faithful+Gould following procurement though Pagabo’s Professional Services Framework. The University also utilised Pagabo’s Major Works Framework to appoint Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver the full build.



Jonathan Parker, National Framework Manager at Pagabo, said: “It’s fantastic to see this project reach completion. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, Morgan Sindall Construction’s team remained on track and ensured that the project was ready on time and in budget. 

“We’re delighted to have played our part in what is set to be a hugely impactful development for the region and look forward continuing our great working relationship with LJMU.”


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