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2016 year in review

Campus Developments in 2016

As the year draws to an end we take a look back on how campus has changed in the space of just 12 months.

The development of our estate and infrastructure remains a key factor in the University‘s ability to achieve its strategic goals. This sustained period of change and improvement is enabling us to respond to new challenges and opportunities to underpin our future success.

Major schemes completed in 2016


Large schemes progressed well

A number of large investment schemes have also seen part project completion during 2016 and have included the handover of two thirds of the Edward Boyle Library in autumn. A sizeable proportion of the School of Chemical and Process Engineering refurbishment has completed alongside the completion of Level 11 of the Worsley Building also including the opening of PURE café.

Art on Campus

In 2016 a number of significant artworks including some newly commissioned, restored and acquired on long-term loan arrived on campus, contributing to our vision of creating an inspirational campus.

We welcomed back one of the largest pieces of art – Untitled Bas-Relief, an aluminium sculpture by Hubert Dalwood. The work originally adorned the University’s Bodington Hall of residence. It has now been installed in a new home on the stage@leeds building.

Nearby is Dual Form by the great British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, on loan for five years from the Leeds Art Gallery.

Find out more about the Leeds University Union project.

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The big stories of 2016…


Creating the best University landscape

Significant work has taken place to devise the University’s Landscape Masterplan. This plan presents recommendations and explores opportunities for the University to create a cohesive, inclusive and high quality public realm over the next 15 years.

It will complement the historic University campus, and existing context whilst helping us to sustainably meet the needs of future developments.

Some of the key aims of the plan are to re-prioritise the campus for pedestrians and re-enforce the campus’ sense of place and thresholds within the wider public realm. A key step to unlocking this potential will be to redefine the quality of the landscape and public realm within the University estate; we will improve under-utilised spaces, reduce areas of car parking and roads and enrich these spaces and routes with programmes such as new University squares and courts, productive gardens, rain gardens and green infrastructure.

Creating a great landscape also involves the promotion of sustainability throughout the campus by greening, improved water management, promotion of wildlife habitats and by bringing sustainability elements into the public eye, including access, well-being and community development.

Find out more about the Landscaping strategy.

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Edward Boyle

University of Leeds shortlisted in the Leeds Architecture Awards

A number of building projects at the University of Leeds have been shortlisted for the 2016 Leeds Architecture Awards. 

Organised by Leeds City Council and Leeds Chamber Property Forum the awards were set up to promote and show case best practice in architecture and design in the city. The 2016 Leeds Architecture Awards look set to be the biggest and best yet; with nearly 80 nominations over seven categories.

The University shortlisted schemes are:

  • ‘A Spire’, and ‘Untitled Bas-Relief’ pieces of art shortlisted in the best public art and landscape design category.
  • Edward Boyle Library, shortlisted in the category for the best conserved building, focusing on restoration of historic buildings; altered buildings, celebrating new uses for existing buildings;
  • The Laidlaw Library, shortlisted in the best new building, covering completely new developments in the city category.
  • University of Leeds Multi-storey car park, shortlisted in the best new building and innovation categories.

The winners will be announced in March 2017.

For more details visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Business/Pages/Leeds-Architecture-Awards-2016.aspx


Find out more about the Edward Boyle Library.


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Changes to access and car parking

Where: Orange Zone Car Park (cherry tree area)

When: Monday 28th November 2016

Due to the construction of NEXUS – the University’s new £38m innovation and enterprise centre – the car parking spaces under the cherry trees in the Orange Zone will no longer be available from Monday 28 November.

View the Nexus Construction Notice map (Opens new PDF)

Alternative parking is available to all Orange Zone users in the multi-storey car park.

Following this, on Monday 12 December there will be a traffic diversion in place around the site, controlled by temporary traffic lights (highlighted in blue on the Nexus Construction Notice map).

For further information about the project visit the Nexus project page.


Thank you for your cooperation and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Estates Helpdesk on 0113 34 35491


Find out more about the Nexus project.


IT Services Electrical Shutdown

Where: IT Services and EC Stoner 

When: 28/11/2016 – 02/12/2016

Effects of this interruption upon building occupantsLoss of 4 parking spaces adjacent to EC Stoner & IT Services  (opens new PDF)

Reason for works/services interruption: Please bear with us as we locate a temporary generator for IT Services Electrical Shutdown. 

Contact name responsible (to whom any queries should be directed): Richard Creaser

Contact Telephone No.: 0113 343 5951

Email: r.j.creaser@leeds.ac.uk

Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused. 


Temporary disruption to the roads around the Old Estates building, the Boiler House and behind the Old Mining building.


Where: Roads around the Old Estates building, the Boiler House and behind the Old Mining building.

When: 22/11/2016 – 24/11/2016 (06:00 – 10:00)

Effects of this interruption upon building occupantsThis work will have an effect on deliveries to the above buildings. Any deliveries due between the times stated will have to go out the same way they came in.

Reason for works/services interruption: Essential ground testing taking place for vibration in the area

Contact name responsible (to whom any queries should be directed): Steve Thomson or Harry Birch

Contact Telephone No. : 07767 426253 or 07957 378979

Email: S.D.Thomson@leeds.ac.uk or H.Birch@leeds.ac.uk

Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

stbury Biostructure Laboratory microscope

£17m investment ensures Leeds remains at the forefront of research

A £17m investment in the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory has now been completed and will allow the University to remain at the forefront of research in the dynamics of cell structures and their ability to modify and treat disease. 

The investment work has comprised of the refurbishment of rooms and spaces to accommodate transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipment and the Krios Electron Microscopes.

The scheme involved the formation of five transmission electron microscopy rooms, one scanning electron microscope room, freezing room, tissue culture room, preparation areas, control room office, ancillary corridors and plant rooms.

The newly refurbished space will also be home to two Titan Krios cryo transmission electron microscopes.

This is the most powerful high-resolution electron microscope for 2D and 3D characterisation of protein structures and protein complexes. This investment gives the University the flexibility to conduct, not only its own structural biology research, but also to build collaborations with researchers at other universities and institutions.

Mark Lines, Estates Project Manager commented on the scheme: “This has been a significant investment to transform the facility and bring to life the Department’s ambition to build on the Astbury Centre’s brand – which is to be competitive with the best in Europe and worldwide. We have worked very closely with the client to ensure we were able to meet their needs throughout the project”.


Find out more about the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory.


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Engineering and physical sciences

One year milestone for School of Engineering refurbishment

Refurbishment of the School of Chemical and Process Engineering is just over one year complete, with a further 12 months to go to project completion.

The project aims to incorporate new state of the art facilities into the Engineering building to enable ambitious growth in academic activity. The new contemporary environment will create open and flexible laboratory spaces and breakout and informal meeting areas.

In the last 12 months work has been undertaken on levels three, four and five and the basement resulting in the refurbishment of 22 laboratories, 3 teaching spaces, an innovative transformation of Lecture Theatre B and the new 24/7 IT Cluster.

Find out more about the School of Chemical and Process Engineering.

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Campus then and now

Campus then and now: Engineering

We’ve been digging through our archive of old campus masterplan photos and found a few images that show the campus throughout the years. This month we’re focusing on the Engineering Building.

Then: Engineering Building  (circa 1963)

Engineering Building c.1963

The Engineering Building was completed during the summer of 1963.

The image below shows the main frontage of the of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, with the sculpture designed by the architect for the building, Allan Johnson of Lanchester & Lodge. The sculpture is an abstract representation of Engineering and is made out of fibreglass.


At the time the new Engineering Buildings were seen as the most important addition to the University’s buildings. In the University of Leeds Development Plan Review of 1963, it mentions the positive feedback from staff and students, ‘Staff and Students are delighted with the splendid new laboratories that cover the whole of the available ground space and the concept of  a staff/student coffee bar in each of the buildings has proved to be a most successful idea.’

Now: Engineering Building (2016)

Now called the School of Chemical and Process Engineering, a full refurbishment project is underway.

Set to complete in 2017, enhancements will include full refurbishment of levels 3 to 5, refurbished laboratories, new Postgraduate research space, refurbished lecture theatres and a new 24/7 IT Cluster.

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