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    I like the look of this project, in particular the new public space between the academy and the cathedral.

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    Until the signs go up that say 'don't walk on the grass'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howie View Post
    I like the look of this project, in particular the new public space between the academy and the cathedral.
    That the part that has Subway and Tesco?

    And I'm sure that we will attract even more students to annoy Max.
    Only just noticed that.

    I only want the women ones attracted, the dudes are pansys.

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    Record numbers want to study in Liverpool
    Sep 12 2006
    By Kate Mansey Daily Post Staff

    RECORD numbers of students are picking Liverpool as their first choice when deciding which university to go to.

    While popular institutions across the country have seen a dip in the number of applications, due to the introduction of top-up tuition fees, Liverpool has seen a boost in applications.

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    Lennon's art school goes with Yoko Ono's backing
    Oct 26 2006
    by Kate

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    YOKO Ono has backed a

    controversial development that involved selling off John Lennon’s old art school to fund a new design academy in Liverpool

    The widow of the legendary

    Beatle was guest of honour at the launch of a fundraising campaign for Liverpool John Moores University’s new art and design centre.

    University

    officials caused a stir when they sold off four buildings, including Lennon’s former art school, in order to help pay for the new £23.5m,

    academy.

    After being bought by Maghull Developments, the building in Hope Street where the musician studied is now earmarked for conversion into 28

    flats.

    The sale of the art school, plus three other university buildings was carried out to raise money for the new development next to the Liverpool

    Metropolitan Cathedral.

    It was also aided by a £2.5m grant from European Objective One funding. But they need another £5m to complete the building

    which is due to open to students in September 2008.

    In order to do that the university is seeking sponsorship or donations from corporate friends of

    the university.

    Meeting in New York, JMU Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Brown joined JMU Chancellor Emeritus Cherie Booth for a private lunch where

    Yoko Ono was the guest of honour.

    The lunch was held for 25 Manhattan art executives as the university worked to build contacts overseas.

    A

    spokeswoman for the university said Yoko Ono was aware that Lennon’s old school was released in order to fund the academy building.

    The spokeswoman

    said: “Yoko Ono was really thrilled and interested in the design academy.”

    But Yoko Ono’s involvement in fundraising has surprised some

    people.

    Campaigners have fought against the plan to sell off the four buildings which are: Hahnemann Building, 42 Hope Street; 68 Hope Street; 2

    Blackburne Place and Josephine Butler House.

    Nick Stanley, a director of Annexe Inc, Liverpool, which provides homes for the cultural industries and

    the arts, said: “It is surprising that Yoko Ono is backing something that would see John Lennon’s old school turned into flats. It seems an odd

    decision.

    “But it is even more surprising that JMU does not have the money to fund the project even after selling all these buildings.

    “I’m

    astonished that they need to fundraise when I thought that they had the cash there in the first place. My view is that the art school and the life it brought

    to Liverpool was a key part of what makes Hope Street a really good and interesting place.”

    kate.mansey@liverpool.com

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    Liverpool Screen School
    10 November 2006

    Phil Redmond backs North West's first Screen School



    It's already the most filmed location in the UK outside London and boasts an impressive list of creative talents who have helped transform the broadcasting industry. Now Liverpool is planning another premier by becoming home to the North West's first Screen School.

    Developed by LJMU, the Liverpool Screen School will embrace all forms of digital media, offering practice-based education and training on all aspects of TV, film, journalism, radio and news production as well as computer games, interactive media and animation. The new School has the backing of the BBC, Granada, FACT, EMAP and Trinity Mirror as well as leading figures such as Phil Redmond, co-founder of Mersey Television.

    Phil Redmond, who is also an LJMU Honorary Professor, said: ''LJMU has always been quick to grasp technological solutions and the Screen School embraces the seismic shifts in digital technology that have changed how we engage and interact with, not just films, TV and radio but also the internet, our mobile phones and games consoles. The digital content industry in Liverpool has the potential to become one of the greatest in the world. We already have competitive games companies, design houses and production studios. The Screen School will build on this and strengthen the creative industries sector still further.''



    The development of the Screen School marks the next stage in LJMU's drive to become a national centre of excellence in all aspects of digital technologies. Professor Roger Webster, Dean of LJMU’s Faculty of Media Arts and Social Science, said: ''Creativity has always been one of Merseyside's greatest resources. The Liverpool Screen School capitalises on this potential and by dissolving the boundaries between film, television and multimedia production and embracing the potential of new technologies, we can give our students a huge advantage in this increasingly important sector.''

    Professor Webster continued: ''If the planned relocation of the BBC goes ahead, the North West will be the largest broadcasting centre outside London. The Liverpool Screen School will ensure that the region as a whole and Liverpool in particular will have the skilled and creative practitioners that the broadcasting industry needs in order to capitalise on emerging opportunities and technological developments."

    Over the next three years, LJMU is planning to develop a new building to house the Screen School, bringing its programmes in journalism, media professional studies, screen studies and interactive media together under one roof. Boasting state-of-the-art filming, editing and post-production facilities, the Screen School will form an integral part of the University's new Creative Industries Campus along with the University's new Art and Design Academy, due to open in 2008.

    Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Brown, said: ''We are a University very much connected to industry and the Liverpool Screen School is the latest manifestation of our long term commitment to equipping our students with the skills demanded by today’s employers.''

    Margaret McClelland, Development Executive at the BBC, agreed: ''It's essential that Industry works with education to meet the skills agenda, developing both new skills and a new generation of talent. That talent needs to be capable of developing new products and ideas to bring technology to life for audiences. Existing professionals also need access to development and it's important that education and industry work together here too. The Screen School is a valuable addition to the industry in the region.''

    Pictures:
    • Top: Professor Roger Webster and Phil Redmond
    • Bottom: Phil Redmond joins students and TV studio manager Kellie Loughlin

    Source: LJMU News Update

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    Art and Design Academy update
    25 January 2007


    Picture (l-r): Marc Wilde, Wates, John Shannon, Wates, LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Brown and Martin Jennings, Davis Langdon, pictured overlooking the Art and Design Academy construction site.

    Construction work begins on new Art and Design Academy

    Construction work on LJMU's new £23.5 million Art and Design Academy officially started on 22 January 2007.

    Professor Michael Brown, LJMU's Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, said: ''This is a very exciting day for the University. It's taken three years to reach this point but as the construction teams move in, our dream of building a new Art and Design Academy is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Academy is a major contribution from the University to the city. Not only is it the only major new cultural building to open while Liverpool is European Capital of Culture but the University's investment will deliver architecture of outstanding quality, tailored to the importance of its site next to the Metropolitan Cathedral.''

    He continued: ''Beyond 2008, this Academy will ensure that future generations of students and the City continue to play an influential role in the creative industries for generations to come. As such the Academy will be a real force for change, not only in terms of how we teach art and design but also in terms of how the University interacts with the creative industries and the wider community.''

    Following a competitive tendering process, Wates Construction Ltd secured the contract to build the Academy. Davis Langdon is project managing the development on behalf of LJMU and has been tasked with achieving its completion in time for the start of the new academic year in autumn 2008.

    Martin Jennings, a Partner at Davis Langdon said: ''We are delighted to have successfully managed the Art and Design Academy project to the point where the visionary requirements of the University, and the iconic design solution developed by Rick Mather, will now become a reality.''

    Wates now has 74 weeks to complete the building, which will require between 300 and 350 people during peak phases of construction. John Shannon, North West Regional Director for Wates, said: ''Securing this contract was a massive win for Wates, because the Academy is such a prestigious and iconic building. This development demands the highest quality construction standards and that's what we are committed to delivering.''

    The Academy's concrete frame is expected to be completed by October 2007, with all external walls built and watertight by March 2008. Wates are working to a completion date of summer 2008, when the fit-out phase of the development will begin.

    LJMU's School of Art and Design will officially move into the Academy for the start of the new semester in September 2008.

    The University has been awarded a £2.5 million European Regional Development Fund grant from the Merseyside Objective One programme to support the development of the Academy and its creative industries agenda.

    Source: LJMU News Update

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    Six hurt in 30 foot plunge horror at John Moores University
    Sep 20 2007
    By Mary Murtagh and Ben Turner, Liverpool Echo



    BUILDERS working on Liverpool John Moores University’s new £23.5m art and design academy fell 30ft when scaffolding collapsed.

    Six men are in hospital today, one seriously hurt, after the scaffolding they were standing on fell as they layed a concrete floor

    Five ambulances and two fire vehicles attended the scene at the junction of Duckinfield Street and Brownlow Hill, near the Metropolitan Cathedral.

    Other workers tried to pull their screaming colleagues from the debris and wet concrete.

    One suffered serious back injuries and is in a serious condition at the Royal hospital.

    Five others with fall-related injuries are being treated for non life threatening injuries.

    The men are believed to be from outside the Merseyside area.

    One workman said: “I had only finished work an hour before when this happened.

    “I’ve been up to the site this morning and it is all shut down.

    “The guys who were injured are from places like Oldham and Bradford. They were pumping concrete for a new floor and it went from under them. Everyone was screaming and panicking.”

    Firefighters spent two hours making the site safe until staff from the Health and Safety Executive arrived to start their investigation.

    The building has been under construction for three months.

    The five-floor academy is being built next to the Grade I listed Metropolitan Cathedral, on the site of the St Nicholas Centre, to house all the JMU’s art and design facilities under one roof.



    But the plans caused controversy as it has involved the selling off of many key city centre buildings, including the art school attended by John Lennon.

    Conservationists have raised concerns about the new building not being in keeping with the local area.

    It was due to open next year.

    A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “I can confirm we have been informed and now await further details from the emergency services.”

    The Northants-based contractors MPB Structures Limited said it could not comment while investigations were ongoing.

    This is the latest in a catalogue of incidents on Merseyside building sites .

    In January a Polish workmen was killed when a crane crashed 120ft into a city centre building site between Seel Street and Colquitt Street.

    Two months later father-of-two Keith Wharton was killed by a frame which fell from a crane at the Stackright Building Systems site on the Knowsley industrial estate.

    On March 29 a man was killed when a crane toppled over at Wavertree Boulevard.

    Source: Liverpool Echo

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    Liverpool's population has fallen consistently for 60 years. Plenty of births, so we are still leaving in droves.

    Population has gone up in last three years because of students, a good proportion of whom stay when they are finished at university and help the city's regeneration.

    As ever the other lot at the other end of the East Lancs are fully aware of the benefits and aim to be in the top 25 university cities in the world.

    Go see the money being spent on the Anson Road or better still, don't!

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    Site horror halts work at Academy
    Sep 21 2007
    by Mary Murtagh, Liverpool Echo

    WORK on the new £23.5m Liverpool John Moores University Art and Design Academy could be delayed after a scaffold on the building site collapsed.

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    £20million new science building
    11 December 2007

    The first phase of LJMU's 10 year vision for its City Campus was unveiled with the submission of a planning application to develop a new £20million purpose-built science building at Byrom Street.



    Subject to planning permission, work is due to start on the new building in April 2008, with completion due for the start of the first semester in 2009.

    The development will enable LJMU to consolidate the majority of its teaching and research in science and technology within one strategic Liverpool city centre site.

    Professor Michael Brown, LJMU's Vice Chancellor explained: "According to The Guardian, LJMU is the top ranking university in the North West for delivering research that has real impact. This new building has been designed to accommodate laboratories with advanced facilities that will enable us to take our science research, particularly in the area of sport and exercise sciences, in new and exciting directions.

    "LJMU is a university with a new approach to higher education and our talented academics and researchers need facilities that will enable them to continue delivering outstanding research results. We are also striving to become the university whose graduates are most valued by employers. But in order to have 'fit for purpose' graduates you need 'fit for purpose' buildings, where students can gain both a thorough grounding of their chosen academic discipline and secure vital work-related skills and experience. That's why this new science building is just the beginning of our plans for Byrom Street and our City Campus. Over the next 10 years, we are planning to invest a further £80million so that we can provide the highest quality facilities for our students, staff and partners."

    Situated on a major route into the city and accommodating the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Technology and Environment, Byrom Street is one of LJMU's major landmarks.



    The new science building, designed by architects at Austin Smith Lord, Liverpool, will enable LJMU to relocate two academic Schools in the Faculty of Science (Psychology and Sport and Exercise Sciences) from the Henry Cotton Building (Webster Street L3) to Byrom Street. Around 50% of the new building's 6,400 sq.metre floorspace will be given over to specialist teaching and research laboratories, with the remainder being used for teaching, IT suites and staff accommodation. Given the variable topography of the site and the close proximity of suburban housing along its perimeter, the building has a stepped design, which architect Dominic Wilkinson describes as a being a "box within a box".

    Access to the building will be via a double height foyer with cascading staircase and small café. An interior "box", on the lower and upper ground floors, will house specialist sport and exercise science labs. Many of these require very controlled environments and minimal natural light, such as the sleep lab (or temporal isolation laboratory), which is used by LJMU scientists analysing the role of the human body clock to manipulate waking and sleeping cycles.

    LJMU's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked as the UK's number one for both teaching and research in this field. The specialist facilities housed within the new building reflect the School's elite status and will include an indoor 70-metre running track and labs for testing cardio-vascular ability, motor skills and bio-mechanics functions. The building will also have additional biochemistry and psychology teaching labs.

    Whereas the labs are highly specialised in design, the general staff and teaching accommodation is designed to be very flexible. As far as possible, layouts have been 'future proofed' to ensure that they can be easily adapted for different uses, with ancillary uses and services clustered together in designated zones.

    The building is divided into two main blocks, with the higher 5-storey section located towards the main entrance of Bryom Street and the lower 3-storey element located to the rear. The circulation block will be clad in slate grey eternity panels, set against a glass skin made up of cast glass planks that will give the building a high degree of transparency. When looked at obliquely, these glass panels will also give off a shimmering effect bringing a degree of movement and lightness to the facade.

    LJMU is aiming to achieve the BRE's BREAM environmental rating of 'very good' for the new building, which will use a Biomass boiler burning UK-sourced wood pellets and a rain water harvesting system.

    Architect Dominic Wilkinson said: "This has been a very challenging project that has pushed us to find creative ways to accommodate both the needs of students and staff with the very specialist requirements of research labs. We opted for the double height entrance foyer because we wanted to give the building a sense of drama, to give people a real sense of arrival when they entered the building. As this building is just the first phase of a master plan for Byrom Street, we hope that it sets a high benchmark for future developments on the site."

    Pictures:

    • Top - Artist's impression of the proposed new £20 million science building
    • Middle - Artist's impression of the Byrom Street campus showing the location of the new building in relation to existing facilities.


    Source: LJMU News Update

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    New sports science facility opens
    12 December 2007

    £1.5million Centre promotes work-related learning and enhanced graduate skills development



    The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences official opening of its new £1.5million Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning facility (pictured above) attracted an audience of 100+ key stakeholders from elite sporting organisations and clubs, sports equipment manufacturers, health professionals and community organisations.

    The new state-of-the-art learning environment exemplifies LJMU's new approach to higher education, where high quality research is being harnessed to give students opportunities to gain work-related learning experiences that will enhance their professional skills and employability. During the lively launch event guests took part in 'CETL in Action' taster sessions, which included testing the facility's new strength and conditioning equipment, finding out more about support services for the University's elite sports scholars and feeling the impact of active gaming using a Nintendo Wii.

    LJMU secured £4.85million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) three years ago in recognition of its teaching excellence in the fields of PE, Dance, Sport and Exercise Sciences. New facilities have already opened in the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure, and the completion of the Sport and Exercise Sciences building marks the end of the planned CETL infrastructure developments. Professor Tim Cable, Director of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, explains: "We're raising the bar on what we expect from students and the pressure is now on them to perform by engaging effectively with work-related learning, either in our CETL building, in the labs or out in the workplace."



    Professor Cable stresses that the School's CETL activities are integral to the University's teaching and learning strategy, making both the sport and exercise sciences degrees more applied and experiential, and providing best practice models for colleagues across LJMU. "Over the last three years we've been busy developing facilities that directly impact on student employability, transforming the curriculum and looking at ways to make both staff and students more entrepreneurial," he says. "Conceptually this has been a big shift but all of the changes we've made have been underpinned by sound scientific processes. This was very important to us and now all staff are fully engaged with what we are trying to do."

    Activities within the new Centre will focus on two core areas: elite performance and community health and fitness. Thanks to CETL funding, the School has been able to employ two Sport Science Support Officers who are identifying opportunities for students to engage with work-related learning, either through 'hands on' projects or simulated activities as part of their degree studies. They also work closely with students and placement mentors to encourage and monitor the development of their world of work skills.

    The Centre's Human Performance Unit is designed to enable LJMU's sport and exercise scientists to work with elite athletes, developing bespoke training and assessment programmes. The current list of clients includes Premier League Football Clubs such as Manchester Utd FC, Everton FC and Liverpool FC, reflecting the School's status as the UK's top sport sciences department. While students won't engage directly with these elite athletes, this work enriches the curriculum, giving them insights on professional practice through problem-based learning and demonstrations.

    Students also work directly with individuals, albeit under supervision, taking part in community health and fitness research. This research is examining the role that exercise plays in healthy ageing and disease prevention, with a particular focus on specific groups, such as people suffering from heart disease or osteoporosis, the elderly or the obese. Such engagement will not only enhance the students' understanding of research design and delivery, but also the development of 'soft' skills, such as emotional intelligence, empathy and interpersonal skills.



    Staff are also benefiting from the CETL funding, with enhanced sabbatical opportunities where they can spend from six months to a year working with employers, identifying the key skills required by graduates and ways to embed this within the curriculum. Postgraduate students will also be able to apply for sports science internships, working alongside the Sport Science Support Officers. The first of these internships will be announced in the new year.

    Professor Cable continues: "Our new approach has already paid dividends, as we've more than doubled our enterprise income, from £150K to £330K, and that was before the new facility was finished. By 2010, we are aiming to generate an income of £700K and increase our profit margins. This will enable us to maintain staffing levels and make all of our activities sustainable by the time the CETL funding finishes in two years."

    Source: LJMU News Update

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    I remember them building that highest block in the render shown above. We lived in Gerard Crescent's Thurlow House at the time and our back veranda overlooked the Tysons site with the two massive cranes there. I had to rush in and get my lego out then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    I remember them building that highest block in the render shown above. We lived in Gerard Crescent's Thurlow House at the time and our back veranda overlooked the Tysons site with the two massive cranes there. I had to rush in and get my lego out then
    That's the block I work in. Abseiled off the roof a few years back to raise money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

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    This new building is very forgettable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    This new building is very forgettable.
    Matches what's already there!!!

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    PLANNERS have given the go-ahead for a £20m science building and laboratory in Liverpool city centre.

    Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) will transform its Byrom Street campus with a five and three-storey building described as a “box within a box” design.

    The building will house laboratories, accommodation and a 70-metre running track.

    The plans were passed despite concerns from local residents about the loss of 70 car parking spaces on site, encouraging students to park on residential streets.

    Council planning officers said no parking problems were evident when they visited the site and neighbouring streets.

    But LJMU has agreed to replace some of the lost spaces and provide £25,000 for a residents parking scheme if the council decides it is needed.

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    New science building
    25 March 2008

    Planning permission granted for new Byrom Street development



    LJMU has received planning permission to develop a new purpose built science building at its Byrom Street Campus.

    Once completed in 2009, the development will enable the University to consolidate the majority of its teaching and research in science and technology within one strategic Liverpool city centre site, following the relocation of its School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the School of Psychology.

    Around 50% of the new building's 6,400 square metre floorspace will be given over to specialist teaching and research laboratories, with the remainder being used for teaching, IT suites and staff accommodation.

    Access to the building will be via a double height foyer with cascading staircase and small cafe. An interior "box", on the lower and upper ground floors, will house specialist sport and exercise science labs. Many of these require very controlled environments and minimal natural light, such as the sleep lab (or temporal isolation laboratory), which is used by LJMU scientists analysing the role of the human body clock to manipulate waking and sleeping cycles.

    Professor Michael Brown, LJMU's Vice Chancellor said: "The laboratories and advanced facilities in this new building will enable us to take our science research, particularly in the area of sport and exercise sciences, in new and exciting directions."

    Given Byrom Street's varied topography, architect Dominic Wilkinson says that it has been a "challenging project" but one that he hopes will set "a high benchmark for future developments".

    LJMU's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked as the UK's number one for both teaching and research in this field. The specialist facilities housed within the new building reflect the School's elite status and will include an indoor 70-metre running track and labs for testing cardio-vascular ability, motor skills and bio-mechanics functions. The building will also have additional biochemistry and psychology teaching labs.

    Whereas the labs are highly specialised in design, the general staff and teaching accommodation is designed to be very flexible. As far as possible, layouts have been 'future proofed' to ensure that they can be easily adapted for different uses, with ancillary uses and services clustered together in designated zones.

    Work is due to start on the new building in April 2008, with completion due for the start of the first semester in 2009.

    Source: LJMU News Update

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    Contractors moved on site yesterday morning (Tuesday 25 March) and started work on the new Byrom St science building.

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    Crikey that was quick.

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    There must have been a 'bung' to guarantee getting planning permission.

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    I am sure LJMU was just well organised.

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    Great pics Howie. I used to live just there, first where the police station now is and then in the tenements that were almost facing it. I remember the taller JMU building being built in 71, it was just known as the polytech then.
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    The new building is really comming along now...although there's now nowhere to park on the Byrom Street campus!

    There's been some work going on inside the main building with corridors being given a lick of green and white paint!

    But if your wanting a canteen...don't come ere! Its all been coffee bar'd.
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    I understand the pressures on the space over the next couple of years until all the planned developments have been completed. It does seem though that at the moment the need for teaching accommodation has won over providing other facilities. I fully agree with you, that given the location of the site and the large number of staff and students there, having only three over-priced kiosks is far from ideal. Personally I miss the bar more than the canteen.

    PS There is car parking available at Camden Street (by the National Express coach station) - only 5 minutes walk away.

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    I understand the pressures on the space over the next couple of years until all the planned developments have been completed. It does seem though that at the moment the need for teaching accommodation has won over providing other facilities. I fully agree with you, that given the location of the site and the large number of staff and students there, having only three over-priced kiosks is far from ideal. Personally I miss the bar more than the canteen.

    PS There is car parking available at Camden Street (by the National Express coach station) - only 5 minutes walk away.
    I only started there this September, but I have heard the old bar was one of the highlights of Byrom Street! But if your wanting a coffee (black) it will set you back ?1.25! They sell butties and strange warm sandwich things, but the only canteen to be found at LJMU (to my knowledge) is at the Avril Robarts centre.

    The Car-park on Camden Street isn't an idea which has suited most lecturers! Most of them now use public transport, especially those on the Wirral!

    From a photographers point of view, I hope this new block will be high enough to get some good views over Marybone ect! I have already found a nice room on the 10th floor where I can get some views from. The idea is that in 4 years time, I'll take the same views again.
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