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University of Liverpool Art and Humanities Centre


The new Art and Humanities Centre at the University of Liverpool has been designed by Ellis Williams Architects and is being constructed by the University of Liverpool Construction Company (UCCLO). This is a construction company that operates as a whole owned subsidiary of the University of Liverpool and operates as an independent company.

The £22.1 million pound project will include a 400 seat state-of-the-art auditorium that will be open for public performances. The goal is to create a performance space that will become one of the UK’s leading concert venues. The auditorium will have an optimum acoustic profile and capacity for a 70-piece orchestra. It will offer a variety of concerts including jazz, folk and classical performances. During the construction phase of the project, Billington Structures supplied structural steelwork for the auditorium.

In addition to the auditorium, the new building will include two additional large lecture theatres (with 600 and 450 seats), seminar facilities, informal study spaces, a new cafeteria and an outdoor seating area.

The new arts and humanities centre will be a significant improvement for the department. It will create the facilities and resources for students to perform in orchestras alongside their colleagues. The university has also created a series of lunchtime concerts which enables students to get involved in every aspect of organising live performances. The new Art and Humanities Centre will allow them to experience to an entirely new level, with students managing multiple performances each week. For those who are interested in pursuing careers in sound recording and live broadcasting professional, the new centre gives them real-world experience.

The humanities centre project will also include an environmental element, which includes re-establishing trees to both Grove Street and Oxford Street, together with enabling future connection to the Sydney Jones Library through a new elevated public square. The new Art and Humanities Centre will be situated on the south-east edge of the existing campus, making it a gateway to the campus and city centre.

End Client

University of Liverpool

Main Contractor



Ellis Williams Architects


Booth King Partnership