Follow Crown Place accommodation construction live

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An artist's impression of the completed Crown Place development, with green roofs, at the heart of campus and the city

STUDENTS applying to attend the University of Liverpool in 2014/15 can now watch construction of new campus halls of residence through a live webcam.

The £62M development, called Crown Place, is due to welcome students from September 2014, creating another landmark accommodation facility alongside Vine Court, which opened in 2012.

Steve Dickson, Director of Facilities Management at the University, said: "The Crown Place scheme delivers a landmark building at the heart of the campus. The quality, scale and facilities delivered are unique to the City and builds on the successful delivery of our Vine Court student residences that received its first students in September 2012."

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Work got underway in December 2012

A webcam has been installed on the roof of the University’s Biosciences Building so anyone can watch the rapid construction of the £62M project, wherever they are, at any time.

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By February this year, the ground had been prepared

The development forms part of an overall £230M investment in new accommodation. The first phase saw Vine Court, on the corner of Myrtle Street, open in September with 749 en-suite rooms, as well as restaurant and retail outlets. All Crown Place’s 1,259 rooms will also be en-suite, with communal lounges and a focus on sustainable and energy efficient design.

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The cranes were in by April

Steve said: "It should give us a 24 hour campus and be uplifting for the whole area, so after hours should become a hub of activity."

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The £62M project began rising from the ground in May

"On completion we will have over 2000 students living on campus so our prospective students can look forward to vibrant city living,  in world class accommodation adjacent to fantastic facilities including 24 hour library, a sports centre with  a 20m pool, and the newly refurbished £14.2 million Student Guild which will be complete in the spring of 2014."

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Construction has accelerated with much of the preparatory work complete by July. The first floors are now clearly visible and the building is taking shape

The University is also investing in its off-campus accommodation, developing new residences at its Greenbank site at Mossley Hill to provide a self-contained student village including catering and sports facilities. The University’s historic 18th Century Greenbank House which was left to the University by the Rathbone family, will also benefit from a £5 million investment.

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This snapshot was taken yesterday from the webcam monitoring progress 24 hours a day

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