Mayor of Liverpool opens Crown Place

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The University of Liverpool’s £62 million accommodation complex, Crown Place, has been officially opened by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

Home to 1,259 ensuite rooms with communal lounges, Crown Place opened its doors to students for the first time in September 2014.The building has a sustainable and energy efficient design as part of the University’s overall commitment to making the campus environmentally friendly.

It also contains additional accommodation for retail and business outlets, including a Santander bank, which opened to residents earlier this year. The University has recently renewed its partnership with the international banking giant in support of a student scholarships programme as part of the bank’s Santander Universities Global Division.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “As regeneration projects take place across the region, it is important that we recognise the experience of our students and the positive contribution they make to our community.  This investment in campus accommodation is the start of an upward trajectory for Liverpool, at a time when we are experiencing increased applications to study in our great city."

Sustainable living

Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer said: "By investing in accommodation on campus we are able to meet the requirements of our diverse student community and provide them with an evironment that they will enjoy to live and work in.  We are also pleased to be able to contribute to the rich architectural heritage of the city, with a building that is at the forefront of sustainable living."

The Crown Place development forms part of an overall £230 million investment in new accommodation. The first phase saw Vine Court, on the corner of Myrtle Street, open in September 2012 with 749 en-suite rooms, as well as a restaurant and retail outlets.

Additional investment in the University’s off-campus accommodation will see the development of new residences at its Greenbank site in Mossley Hill, providing 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.