Aura, Erskine Road, Liverpool

Rooftop terrace on offer as revised student scheme goes before planning committee

One of Liverpool’s largest student housing developments, now nearing completion, goes back before the city’s planning committee next Tuesday (27th July) with the promise of a rooftop terrace for its lucky residents.

True Student, the operator of Aura, a 999-room development opposite the Royal hospital, is seeking permission for a number of amendments designed to improve the student experience.

Among them are a re-organised gymnasium on the lower ground floor and the introduction of the company’s festival zone; a new café on the ground floor that will be open to students and public alike; and a private rooftop terrace and sky lounge on the 15th floor.

The move follows the successful acquisition of the scheme by a consortium of its original investors, Aura Investors LLP.  A revised strategy, focusing on reducing bedroom numbers in exchange for enhanced amenities, is one of the reasons behind its planning application.  Additional investment in public realm is also planned by the investors via an uplift to the Section 106 contribution of more than £1m.

“The works will have a minimal impact on the building’s exterior, but will add significantly to what is already going to be a great place to live and study,” said Steven Nicholson, the project architect from the Liverpool studio of Falconer Chester Hall.

“The investors’ focus will position the development as the most attractive scheme in a well-served market, moving it beyond its locational advantages to one underpinned by strong, inherent appeal.”

The revisions have gone to committee with officer’s recommendation to approve and work would begin immediately on the changes if permission is granted, says Mr Nicholson.  Liverpool-based Vermont is the contractor.  Phase one of the scheme, which incorporates three blocks, is due for completion in September, with the remaining two blocks to be completed by September 2022.

Aura, Erskine Road, Liverpool