University of Liverpool Construction Company (Special Projects) Ltd

The University of Liverpool Construction Company (Special Projects) Ltd (ULCCO- SP) is a construction company operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of the University Of Liverpool. ULCCO-SP operates under the principle of an independent construction company.

ULCCO (SP) was formed in March 2013 as a result of the contractor, Ocon Construction, entering into administration and being unable to complete a project for the University which was the construction of 1,259 units of student accommodation at Crown Place.  In order to safeguard the delivery of Crown Place and to maintain both the technical and commercial skills of the staff, the University took the decision to set up a special projects vehicle. The staff were transferred from Ocon via a TUPE agreement in February 2013.  The framework for this company was in the first instance to deliver the student accommodation within budget and to the timetable critical for student occupation, producing a high-quality product.

The business has now been operating since 2013 and has taken responsibility for delivering much of the residential strategy – Crown Place, Melville Grove and Greenbank. It has also successfully delivered a non-residential project for the Management School and is currently on site with the construction of the Teaching Hub on central campus.

The business is unique as its sole purpose is to operate within a framework set by the University and, to a certain degree, is not affected by the economics and open marketplace of the construction industry.  However, it does operate within the open market with respect to the supply chain and procurement for the various construction services.

This continued workflow has enabled the company to ensure that the experienced and skilled staff of ULCCO SP remain dedicated to the long-term delivery of future construction projects for the University of Liverpool.

Details of past projects can be found in the ‘Completed Works’ section.

Accreditations and Awards

ULCCO SP has BSI accreditation for our Quality Management System (BS ISO 9001 2015), Environmental Management System (BS ISO 14001 2015) and Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSAS 45001).

ULCCO SP has been awarded the Silver Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), and are two-time winners of the Green Apple Award. The Green Apple Awards is an annual award programme that recognises and promotes environmental best practice.

Considerate Constructor’s Scheme

An independent scheme continues to monitor all of ULCCO SP’s construction sites using the Code of Considerate Practice. The scheme has been designed to encourage best practice and improve the image of construction.

The areas we are monitored on are:

  • Consideration
  • Environment
  • Appearance
  • Good neighbour
  • Respect
  • Safety
  • Responsible
  • Accountable


The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre held a score of 35 out of 50 from the considerate Constructors Scheme's visit, collecting the two BREEAM points targeted. 

Performance Beyond Compliance Certificate

Greenbank held a score of 42 out of 50 from the Considerate Constructors Scheme's visit, scoring above and beyond compliance in all sections.

Performance Beyond Compliance Certificate



ULCCO Special Projects Ecology

ULCCO Special Projects work in partnership with our client’s ecology specialist consultants to ensure that we are compliant with all applicable environmental legislation regarding the management of our projects and the potential environmental impacts during the construction phase.

Each project is subject to an environmental impact assessment and prior to any works commencing, the assessment will highlight any potential issues that may need further risk management strategies such as the local ecology (Flora and Fauna).

On the Greenbank Student Village projects, we worked closely with the client’s ecologists surveying the buildings pre-demolition to establish any potential bat roosts, bat foraging areas and create alternatives within the footprint of the project.  The common Pipistrelle bat was an established species within the footprint of the Greenbank residencies.

The alternatives created included a bespoke “bat hotel” and bat boxes placed in the surrounding trees by the ecologists.  Bat roosts were created within the fabric of the new residential buildings.

Greenbank is also home to a badgers set, nesting Buzzards and supports a whole array of common British birds such as Woodpeckers, Blackbirds, Finches, and species of tits.  There is a large selection of trees such as Beech, Ash, Larch, Yew and Oak.  All future projects will be subject to the same processes where there may be an Environmental impact on the surrounding ecology.