Morgan Sindall ‘tops’ out building at £64m Copperas Hill project

Morgan Sindall is the main contractor on the project for Liverpool John Moores University which will see the construction of a Student Life and sports buildings. Tony McDonough reports

Copperas Hill
From left, Richard Potts and Paul Guilfoyle, Morgan Sindall, and Mark Power and Julia Daer, LJMU. Picture by Gareth Jones


Construction firm Morgan Sindall has topped out the first of two new university buildings at the £64m Copperas Hill site in Liverpool.

Morgan Sindall is the main contractor on the project for Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) which will see a Student Life Building and a sports building on what was the main Post Office sorting facility for Merseyside.

A ceremony was held to top out the five-storey Student Life Building which will provide a range of services including advice and wellbeing, careers advice, international exchanges, an area for individual and group study, the Students’ Union, and general teaching spaces.

Officers from the Students’ Union took part in the ceremony, which saw representatives from both organisations celebrate the Student Life Building reach the highest point of its construction.

Work is also under way on the sports Building, a new two storey facility with outstanding facilities such as an eight court sports hall, two multi-purpose halls and a state-of-the-art gym. The three-and-a-half-acre development will regenerate a historic part of Liverpool and a key gateway site in the heart of the city centre. The project is set to complete in 2020.

Morgan Sindall Construction is also completing work elsewhere in the city, with numerous projects underway at Paddington Village within the city’s £2bn Knowledge Quarter.

Richard Potts, Morgan Sindall Construction’s area director for Liverpool, said: “Reaching this milestone is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress that’s been made on this project, which is a landmark development not only for the University but for the city as a whole. 

“It’s a privilege for us to work with the University in fulfilling its vision of revitalising a key part of Liverpool while creating buildings that will further its reputation as a brilliant place for students to study and socialise.”

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