LJMU, James Parsons Building


  • Client: Liverpool John Moores University
  • Programme: May 2009 to March 2010
  • Contract Value: £3.4m
  • Scope of Work: Aluminium rainscreen cladding integrated with aluminium-timber windows. In addition, on the seven-storey building: Concrete balcony projections removed and building works to seventh floor to adapt office accommodation

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The project comprised design and build of an insulated aluminium rainscreen and window replacement to two multi-storey buildings collectively known as the James Parsons Building, consisting of a seven storey slab block, a ten storey tower block and a seven storey link block connecting them. Additional works undertaken as part of the project included modification to the top floor of the seven storey slab block where inclined glazing and an open concrete flying beam were replaced by vertical glazing  and the beams roofed over, removal of the concrete surround to three recessed concrete balconies and removal of an existing canopy to the entrance of the 10 storey tower block and replacement with a new free-standing curved canopy.


“Liverpool John Moores University has employed d+b facades for the past twelve months on a £3.4m facade upgrade during which time a productive and highly successful working relationship has been established. d+b facades has undertaken the project to the highest of standards in accordance with the University’s initial brief. They have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in developing a sustainable system that substantially extends the usable life of the building and dramatically enhances the appearance.

Additionally, d+b facades has provided added value by supporting the University in a range of initiatives which were outside the original project brief, for example providing advice regarding buildability issues, programming to maintain business continuity, etc.

I have no hesitation in recommending d+b facades to other potential clients”.
Colin Davies, Director of Capital Projects, LJMU

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