Cycle track

Cycle Track and Sports Park Weetwood Pavilion on-track for 2017 opening

Last updated on 19 July 2019

Planners at Leeds City Council have given consent to the planned £5m investment that will create significant training facilities for cycling and triathlon in Leeds.

Work began last week on the project that will create an outdoor cycling circuit and refurbished sports pavilion on the University’s Bodington playing fields in North Leeds.

The main contractor appointed to carry out the works, that are due for completion in January 2017, is Geo.Houlton and Sons Ltd.

Dave Padden, Construction Director of Geo.Houlton and Sons Ltd. commented:

“Houlton are very excited to be involved in this project. The scheme is going to offer students first class, state of the art facilities as well as continuing to provide grass roots sports in the wider community.

For us, the fact that Houlton, a long established company with a tradition of providing investment and opportunity for its own staff, has been given this opportunity, to be associated with  the University’s investment in its aspiring athletes of the future as well as existing Elite athletes, makes us immensely proud”

Patrick Craig, Assistant Head of Sport commented:

“We are delighted to be able to add this new cycle track and sports pavilion to our growing portfolio of top class sport facilities. To be able to do this in partnership with world leading sports bodies including British Cycling, British Triathlon, UK Sport and Sport England reinforces our vision of becoming the number one provider of higher education sport and physical activity experience in the UK and demonstrates our desire to support the development of sport on the world stage”

The proposals, which are part of the University’s sports and physical activity strategy, have been drawn up in partnership with British Cycling, British Triathlon, UK Sport and Leeds City Council.

Partnership funding from Sport England, British Cycling and UK Sport is contributing £1m to the project, with the remaining funding provided by the University.

Find out more about the cycle track.
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North East quarter The Bragg Centre

North East Quarter project

Last updated on 19 July 2019


Find out more about the North East Quarter project.


Worsley Building on track for completion

Last updated on 19 July 2019

The £41m investment project to upgrade office space and teaching facilities is now 75% complete, with full completion expected at the end of this year.

Staff from the School of Medicine have settled into the new Faculty Office on Level 9 and work has commenced ahead of programme in the Dissection Labs, which will be complete in time for the start of term.

Opening at the end of August will also be the new PURE Café – the new outlet will focus on healthy and seasonal food options and follows the shifting trend towards health and wellbeing amongst students and staff.

Other completed areas include the roof garden, level 11 offices which have now been handed back and the western half of level 10 which is now in the process of being occupied by Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research colleagues.

Work to the main building entrance and dental changing areas on level 4 is now underway. Good progress is also being made on work to improve central teaching spaces on level 8, with most of the work being carried out during nights and weekends, to limit disruption to colleagues using the building.

Find out more about the Worsley Building.

Fine art

Building work complete for Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Last updated on 10 September 2019

The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies received official handover of their new building this month.

The £7.6m year-long project has involved a complete refurbishment of the former School of Geography site, to create a first class, inspirational learning environment for current and future students.

Staff will move into the building on University Road from early August, with the building expected to be fully operational for the start of term.

Paul Cook, Project Manager, University Estates Service commented: 

“This has been a thoroughly rewarding project. We are incredibly pleased with the significant transformation of the original building to what it has become now – which is a modern environment that  will enable the School to become a leading Centre for art, heritage and critical humanities and culture in the UK. Working closely with Abigail Harrison Moore and her team throughout the project has ensured the clients’ needs were catered for from start to finish.”

Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies said:

“We are delighted with our new building. The sympathetic restoration of this historic building, — linked through its architect, Paul Waterhouse, to the architectural style that formed the beginnings of the University of Leeds one hundred years ago — has enabled the development of a School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies ready for the next one hundred years of excellent teaching and research.

“Our students are excited to be starting or continuing their degrees in the amazing new studio, workshop and teaching spaces. Studying in this impressive space for art and culture at the heart of the campus will enable them to continue to benefit from the unique inter-disciplinary approaches to the subjects that our School is celebrated for nationally and internationally.

“We are very grateful to the teams of builders, architects and engineers who have turned our ideas into reality, and to the Estates team that have made this possible. We thank the Vice Chancellor, University Executive Group and University Council for having the vision to invest in the future of fine art, history of art, cultural studies and museum studies teaching and research. We look forward to welcoming colleagues and visitors to our new building.”

Find out more about the Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies building.

Skyride Leeds

University of Leeds Welcomes the Sky Ride Leeds

Last updated on 10 September 2019

Sunday 17 July

Take part, have fun and remember to plan your journey.

With this year’s Sky Ride Leeds taking place on Sunday and good weather predicted, we hope everyone taking part has a fantastic time!

The event will see thousands of cyclists welcomed to the city and, as the route comes through the University, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our great campus.

There will be limited access to the University campus and staff or contractors requiring access on Sunday are advised to plan ahead and check road closure information. Significant road closures will be in place from 4am to 6pm, so please check the Leeds City Council information sheet for details. There will also be restricted access to the campus with no parking at The Edge, the multi-storey carpark or the orange zone. Download the campus map for more details on the route through campus and access to alternative parking.
The free event, which will take place from 10am to 3pm, allows thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride safely through a special traffic free route in Leeds city centre. More than 8,000 people have taken part in previous years.

Along the 6.5km route riders can look forward to passing historic city buildings, from the University to the Town Hall and Civic Hall. Riders can challenge family or friends in the Sprint Zone on the Headrow, watch mountain bike stunts at the Tricks and Tunes zone at Woodhouse Moor, and find out more about cycling opportunities in Leeds at the Hub on Millennium Square.

Patrick Craig, the University’s Assistant Head of Sport, says:

“We are delighted to be able to support this fantastic cycling initiative and look forward to welcoming the Skyride participants who will cycle through our university campus on Sunday. Cycling is an important sporting activity for both the city and the university and once again leading organisations including Leeds City Council, British Cycling and the University of Leeds have come together to deliver a day of activity that will benefit thousands. We hope that everyone has a great day and is inspired to continue taking part in the future.”

Project map

University of Leeds Campus developments by location

Last updated on 10 September 2019

Our ambitious plans to create a world class campus are at the heart of the University of Leeds’ Strategic Plan (PDF). The £520m investment signifies the University’s commitment to grow and develop our research, academic cohort and student body on campus through the provision of outstanding facilities. 

The scale of our campus developments can now be seen via the website map  – take a tour of the site and access project information.


View our campus developments map.