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Knowledge Quarter kicks off in Liverpool

July 26, 2017 by NSC in Weekly News
Structural steelwork is nearing completion on one of the first phases of Liverpool’s ambitious Knowledge Quarter development.

The £39M scheme, being delivered by ISG for Ion Developments, is set to transform a site opposite Lime Street Station, with new retail, leisure, student accommodation and a new Premier Inn hotel.

Steelwork contractor, Billington Structures, is nearing completion of its erection programme that will eventually include 1,300t of steel.

Sat atop a steel-framed podium level that accommodates retail units, the scheme includes a 10-storey, 412-bed student accommodation block and an adjacent three-storey Premier Inn hotel with 101 guest rooms.

Chosen for its speed of construction and cost, the steelwork is predominantly based around a regular 7.3m grid pattern. In order to avoid having bracing inside the lower level retail units, to allow for more flexibility in shop sizes, the structures are stabilised by a combination of sway and moment frames.

Covering a 450-acre site, the Knowledge Quarter will extend from the city’s main railway station at Lime Street north eastwards towards John Moores University. It will consist of a number of new educational, technology, innovation and creative facilities.

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