Also launching were the UoL Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems (CESFS), a collaboration between academics created to address real world issues affecting both humans and animals, such as climate change and the National Biofilms Innovation Centre, which gives researchers and industrial partners a platform to meet and explore a broad variety of collaboration opportunities.
There are also very exciting things happening at the other end of KQ Liverpool, between Mount Pleasant, Lewis’s and Lime Street Station, in the area we have called KQ Gateway. Working with Liverpool City Council we are helping to create a Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF), which will help shape it into a vibrant part of the city, with new shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, gyms and university space.
Forming part of the KQ Gateway is the LJMU owned Copperas Hill site. This strategically important site is located close to Lime Street Station and was formerly occupied by the Royal Mail Sorting Office which closed in 2010. This building was demolished in 2017, paving the way for LJMU’s new £64m scheme, which includes the development of two major LJMU buildings set within new public spaces and landscaped routes. It will trans- form that area of the City for students and staff, as well as for the residents and communities around this site.
With so much happening already, you would expect things to start slowing down but that definitely isn’t the case. In fact, we’ve only scratched the surface with the level opportunity that this half of the city has to offer.
Since launching our vision for ‘The Lime Line’ – a futuristic last-mile transport solution – and ‘Lime Square’ – a new public space at the heart of the KQ Gateway, we continue to work with the Knowledge Quarter Joint Transport Stakeholder Group and talks are already underway to gather supporting evidence for a potential transport pilot scheme in Liverpool.