Edward Boyle

University of Leeds shortlisted in the Leeds Architecture Awards

Last updated on 9 September 2019

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.



stbury Biostructure Laboratory microscope

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

Last updated on 9 September 2019

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

Last updated on 9 September 2019

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

Last updated on 19 July 2019

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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New look to University Union unveiled

Last updated on 9 September 2019

A significant part of the £16.8m modernisation of the University Union Building is now complete.  View the photos below:

Find out more about the Leeds University Union project.

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VIDEO: Lecture theatre projects complete

Last updated on 9 September 2019

Three of our lecture theatres have undergone an innovative transformation and have now opened their doors for teaching. 

The pilot programme encompassed three, tiered lecture theatres in key locations across campus, upgrading teaching space to a new set of standards which seeks to improve collaborative and technologically enabled experiences for staff and students alike.

Find out more about the Lecture Theatres project.

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