How the Aura scheme will look

Contractor chosen for £100m scheme on the edge of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter

Building firm Forrest has been tasked with delivering a £100m residential development next to Liverpool’s burgeoning Knowledge Quarter.

The mixed use scheme, from Merseyside developer Elliot Group, will house worker and student accommodation on the site of the former Erskine Industrial Estate.

It will offer 142 one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent along with 1,007 student rooms.

Accommodation will be available for hospital staff at the new £450m Royal Hospital, as well as student nurses and doctors, and others working within the Knowledge Quarter.

To be called Aura, the complex was designed by North West architects Falconer Chester Hall and comprises two buildings, rising to 14 storeys at its highest point.

The development will include a residents’ gym, bar, study zones and yoga studios.

Elliot Group boss Elliot Lawless commented: “We’re working with Forrest on our Residence project in Manchester and I’ve been very impressed with their focus and approach.

“This is a big project on an island site with some key neighbours, so having a developer who can add value to how we manage our stakeholder relationships was a key consideration.”

Bolton-based Forrest is now on site carrying out hoarding and preparation work.

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