Laidlaw library

Laidlaw Library wins RIBA Award

The University of Leeds, Laidlaw Library has won a RIBA architecture award, in recognition of architectural excellence.

The Laidlaw Library was one of six outstanding winning buildings announced at the prestigious Yorkshire awards evening last night. Recognised for its striking and elegant exterior, the new library has become a popular destination for University students. The contemporary design sits elegantly alongside the historic campus backdrop, whilst providing excellent connectivity between campus and the City Centre.

Steve Gilley, Head of Estate Services, University of Leeds commented:

“We are delighted that the Laidlaw Library has won a prestigious RIBA award. We aspired for an iconic, contemporary design, a building that would complement the campus whilst providing an inspirational learning environment for our students. Its striking exterior draws people into the building and as a result has proved to be an incredibly popular building with our staff and students.

The University of Leeds is currently investing £520m to create a world class campus -this prestigious award signifies that we are also well on our way to an outstanding architectural campus.”

Find out more about the Laidlaw Library project

Read the Laidlaw Library winning entry on


LUU news

Contractor appointed for Leeds University Union investment works

The University has appointed contractors Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver main refurbishment works, due to take place this summer at the University Union.  The work is due to commence on site over the coming weeks with completion expected in early Spring 2017.

We are working hard to ensure disruption to students and other users of the building is kept to a minimum. You can find regular updates about the work taking place, posted within the Union building, on Twitter at LeedsUniUnion and on the disruptions page of this website.

Director of Estates Steve Gilley commented:

“The University Union is the hub of the student life and this refurbishment aims to further improve our students experiences. The building will remain open whilst work is taking place – it’s critical for us to ensure we keep disruption to a minimum and limit the impact on student experience. We are therefore working intensely with LUU colleagues to ensure we deliver the best service to our students during this busy time.”


UIEC new

£40m University Innovation and Enterprise Centre – Consultation Underway

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to view the plans for the new University Innovation and Enterprise Centre (UIEC). The online pre-planning consultation runs until the 2nd May.

This high profile 10,000m2 facility will substantially raise the profile of the University’s research and innovation capabilities, whilst also creating new opportunities for innovation, productivity and growth within the Leeds City Region and beyond.  It will become home to technology start-up businesses as well as becoming a base for offsite corporate Research and Development and New Product Development teams.

For more details on the University Innovation and Enterprise Centre visit University Innovation and Enterprise Centre

Landscape strategy

Have your say on the University Campus Landscape

Students, staff and members of the local community are invited to take part in one of the ‘pop up’ workshops and have their say on future ideas for the campus landscape.

Student, staff and community participation and engagement is integral to developing a comprehensive landscape strategy.  We would like to draw on local knowledge, creativity and skills in order to develop a shared future vision, which will reflect our diverse University community helping us to be a positive partner in society.

The University Sustainability Service supported by Gillespies will be running a series of informal ‘pop up’ design workshops in busy campus areas to get feedback on the type of things that people would like to see in the future as part of the campus landscape.

Everyone is welcome to attend, if you have ideas or suggestions we encourage you to pop along and chat with the project team, information on the dates in which you can get involved are below:

  • ‘Pop up design workshop’. Facilities Directorate Community Event, Tuesday 19th April, 6-8pm Laidlaw Library
  • Pop up’ design workshop. University road (outside the Students Union) 21st April, 11 – 2:30pm.
  • Keep an eye out for our Sustainability Service architects and student volunteers who will be roaming around campus on 21st April from 11 – 2:30pm to get feedback and ideas from people who might not be able to make the two ‘pop up’ events.



Loss of four parking spaces next to EC Stoner & IT Services

Where: Parking spaces next to EC Stoner and IT Services

When: Monday 11th April – Thursday 14th April

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants: No parking in affected bays.

Reason for works/services interruption: We will be placing a temporary generator across a number of parking spaces next to EC stoner and IT Services. This is in order for IT Services electrical shutdown to take place.

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

Contact Telephone No. : 0113 343 5951


Estate Services apologises for the inconvenience which this may cause your department. Unfortunately it is necessary to shutdown or interrupt our services in order to undertake essential maintenance or repair activities and for some new works projects.


Discover more about the ambitious plans for a £40m University Innovation and Enterprise Centre

Members of the public, University staff and students are invited to find out more about the University’s ambitious plans for an University Innovation and Enterprise Centre (UIEC).

A dedicated consultation event will take place on Wednesday 13th April, 2pm – 7pm in the Parkinson Building.

Join key project staff and project architects, Associated Architects, to find out more about the proposed development plans. This high profile Centre will create a significant gateway to access the University’s research and innovation assets.

The UIEC is a high profile 10,000m2 facility designed to connect external organisations with the University’s research and innovation capabilities and network to create new opportunities for innovation, productivity and growth.

Located in the Centre will be technology start-ups businesses as well as offsite corporate Research and Development and New Product Development teams.  It will provide a business lounge and café, meeting rooms, conference facilities and exhibition space, and an extensive programme of events to attract organisations from across the Leeds City Region and beyond.


View the plans for the UIEC and have your say on the proposals.

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For more details on the University Innovation and Enterprise Centre visit here