Work on the University's new £8.5 million Science Building at Hope Park has been completed and staff and students are already making use of the new state-of-the-art facilities.
The new building features specialist laboratory spaces dedicated to nutrition, genomics, cell biology and psychology, along with laboratories and space for sport and exercise science.
It also houses a 25m sprint track with force meters and motion capture for biomechanical analysis, a phlebotics lab for blood sampling, and treadmills and BODPODs for physiological analysis. There is also a double height robotics suite and engineering lab to aid the building and testing of drones.
Psychology labs include motor control capture and vision and colour labs as well as cognitive and neuro-behaviour suites. The building also includes space for research synergies with both Psychology and Sport.
Nutrition labs with food analysis and testing facilities, two large Bioscience and Environmental Science labs and a suite of dedicated research labs for the study of Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Nutrition, Molecular Genetics, Tissue Culture and Bioinformatics take up the first floor.
The building has achieved a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating illustrating the University's continual commitment to environmentally considerate and sustainable building design.
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Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope University said: “We have a long term commitment to STEM subjects, and this building is a major part of that. We are producing cutting edge research and we hope that the new building will allow us to produce even more.
“Our vision is to create an inspiring and stimulating space for students and research staff, where they will be able to carry out all of their work under one roof, with a strong emphasis on collaboration. Much of the interior will be glazed, so that students will see activity and research taking place all the time.”
Professor Atulya Nagar, Dean of Science at Liverpool Hope University added: “We have a commitment to producing global citizens whose work makes a positive impact on the world around us. The new building will provide our students with the very best start to their science careers and give them the tools to pursue their own research. We also hope that it will attract even more world-leading research staff, allowing us to make an even greater impact on businesses, technology, public services and communities across the region, the UK and the world.”
Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Erica Kemp, who attended one of Liverpool Hope's founding colleges and was at the ground-breaking ceremony for the project, said: “As a former student of Christ’s College I am delighted to see the many wonderful changes that have taken place over the years. I wish Liverpool Hope and the students every success for the future.”
Gary Hughes, regional director at GRAHAM Construction, said: “Liverpool Hope University is an innovative and forward-thinking institution and this new building will be a state-of-the-art centre for exciting scientific studies.
“The university recognised the quality, vision and ability of GRAHAM to deliver – to be playing a key part in this development is of great pride and we look forward to working in collaboration with the university and our project partners."