Liverpool University Urban Design Framework

Liverpool University Final Plan
Liverpool University Final Plan
Liverpool University Figure Ground
Liverpool University Figure Ground
Liverpool University Public Realm Plan
Liverpool University Public Realm Plan
Liverpool University Axis Montage
Liverpool University Axis Montage
Project date
07.07.2007
Type
  • Strategy
Location
North West England
Clients
Liverpool University
Associated team members
Associated documents

URBED were commissioned by the University of Liverpool to prepare an Urban Design Framework (UDF) to guide development across their central academic campus and surrounding land holdings, which cover some 25 hectares of the eastern city centre.

The Campus is an eclectic mix of buildings and spaces, described by Pevsner as ‘an architectural zoo’. It contains Georgian townhouses, the wonderful Abercromby Square, the original Victorian ‘red brick’ university building, audacious post-war modernism and the largest student union complex in Europe. Yet the area is less than the sum of these parts, smothered by bleak surface car-parks, eroded by hostile highways and rendered ghostly outside academic hours due to its lack of wider uses.

Home to some 5,000 people before its post WWII comprehensive clearance and redevelopment for the University and Hospital, the edges still form a strategic interface between deprived inner city residential communities and the thriving city centre. One of the aims of our framework has been to create more legible and welcoming access to and through the fragmented University precinct, and identify opportunities for reintroducing a wider mix of uses.