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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.

  

The big stories of 2016…

Landscaping

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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