Construction has started on the new £35 million facility for Liverpool International College with a ground-breaking ceremony on site yesterday (Tuesday, 27 September 2017).
Kier, a leading property, residential, construction and services group, will deliver a 47,000 square foot, 13-storey, 259-bed student accommodation block and three-storey college building to house up to 900 students on the site of the former Archbishop Blanch School on Mount Vernon.
The facility, due to open in September 2019, will be the first under construction in Knowledge Quarter Liverpool’s Paddington Village, a £1 billion, development site that will be home to some of the world’s most influential players in science, health, technology, education, music and the creative and performing arts.
Operated through a successful 10-year partnership between Kaplan and the University of Liverpool, Liverpool International College recruits and prepares more than 800 international students for entry into the University’s degree programmes each year with courses in academic skills, key subject knowledge and English language.
Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool, said: “We pride ourselves on both our international research collaborations and the international learning environment we provide for all our students. This global outlook is a significant and distinctive part of the ethos of our University, to which our ten year partnership with Kaplan and the establishment of Liverpool International College have made a hugely successful contribution.
Nick Small, assistance mayor for Liverpool, Schools and Education, said: “With over £1bn of new developments currently underway and a further £1bn in the pipeline, the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter will increase the city’s employment figures, improve our graduate retention and attraction rates, and establish Liverpool at the forefront of the Northern Powerhouse.”
The new college facility will provide a home away from home for international students. It will house a café, Knowledge Hub, study booths, and social area with game and study zones with expanded opening hours to suit students’ varied schedules. There will be 24/7 surveillance from reception for enhanced security and students will have access to University facilities.