A new £37.6m building will be the home of JMU Journalism students in the new decade ahead.
In December 2009, the University was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council to start work on a 124,000 square-foot complex on the site of JMU's existing premises in Clarence Street.
Work began in the first months of 2010 and is expected to be completed in August 2012, in time for the new academic year.
Journalism students will have access to high-quality facilities and equipment including four TV studios, four newsrooms, two radio studios, four computer labs and two post-production suites.
University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Brown, said: “This is a significant investment which will further boost our reputation as a provider of high quality education and a leader in knowledge transfer.
“As with all of our developments, the new building has been designed to enhance the student experience and enable us to better deliver our new model of higher education; equipping students with essential World of Work skills, fostering entrepreneurial thinking and harnessing advances in digital and communication technologies.”
The Clarence Street site will also house the Faculty of Business and Law department and the new Professional Centre, which provides dedicated facilities for professional clients enrolled on JMU’s professional education and postgraduate programmes.
Liverpool Screen School has been located at Edge Lane in Wavertree and for the past two years but the new building will be in a prime location near the Mount Pleasant campus and will offer more convenience for future students.
A budget of £2.5m is available to furnish the six floors of the building, which will feature a café as well as lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
Designed by ADP Architects of Manchester, the project aims to “create an environment that will encourage students to stay and work within the building”. The layout has been designed to be future-proof so changes can easily be made.
Professor Brown added: “Our aim is, however, two-fold. Not only do we want to build upon the University’s already excellent reputation by creating facilities that inspire and motivate all who use them, but we also strive to advance the renewal and regeneration of Liverpool by driving up its competitiveness and making the city a more attractive place.”
By Chris Shaw, Managing Editor
The development at Clarence Street is due to open in August 2012 for Liverpool Screen School students