LIVERPOOL’S newest university building is designed to produce the next generation of screen stars, legal eagles and business leaders.
The Post has been given an exclusive tour behind the doors of the new Redmonds Building of Liverpool John Moores University.
Officials hailed it as the “final piece in the jigsaw” of a £180m investment in its city centre provision.
Twice the size of the previous 1960s Clarence Street tower demolished in 2010, the new 124,000 sq.ft. building will open to students in September.
Straddling Clarence Street and Brownlow Hill and named after honorary LJMU fellows and Mersey Television founders Phil and Alexis Redmond, the multi-million pound facility took contractors Wates Construction two years to build.
Spread over six floors, it will house the Liverpool Screen School, the Liverpool Business School and the School of Law.
With students set to shop around like never before due to spiralling tuition fees from September, the university is confident the building’s “groundbreaking” provision will more than meet students’ demands.
It has been kitted out with industry-leading equipment designed to ensure students graduate with vital skills.
Features include two TV studios, a guests’ ‘green room’ and a radio studio – worth a combined £1m and provided by Sony Europe Limited.
Law students have access to a replica court room to master their techniques – with proceedings recorded for analysis.
Other facilities for the 6,000 students using the building include three large lecture theatres.
Aided by the latest digital technology lectures can be streamed in all three theatres – as well as broadcasting things like graduation ceremonies or interviews from the other side of the world.
Each room has huge glass panels offering stunning views while the building – based on students’ feedback – is also home to social study areas, IT suites and even a Starbucks.
LJMU director of infrastructure services Colin Davies said: “This is about preparing the students for industry and providing the best university experience. The built environment is just as important as high quality academic delivery.
“We are to charge students £9,000 a year and they will be extra demanding but we can meet their demands.”
The building was designed by LJMU graduate Helen O’Curry, a senior architect with Manchester-based ADP.
She said: “After 10 years away it was nice to be back.”