Laidlaw Library highly commended for design and innovation

The Laidlaw Library has been highly commended for its design and innovation in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Yorkshire and Humber Awards.

The prestigious event took place in Harrogate, where Yorkshire and Humber’s most inspiring and community beneficial schemes battled it out for the top honours.

The Laidlaw Library, which highly impressed the judges, was a worthy runner up to the University of Sheffield’s Diamond Building – crowned the winner of the Design through Innovation Category.

Steve Gilley, director of estates at the University of Leeds commented:

“On behalf of the University of Leeds, it’s an immense pleasure to accept this award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. The Laidlaw Library is an iconic building for many reasons, it’s elegantly designed, it is a low energy building that is highly sustainable, it fits within the historic campus surroundings, but most importantly it has proved to be a very popular 21st century learning space for our students.”

ADP director, Joe Morgan, commented:

“The Laidlaw library is the result of a holistic design approach that has created an energy efficient building that successfully responds to its context and the wellbeing of the end user.”

Find out more about the Laidlaw Library project

Worsley dental theatre

£41m investment in Worsley is taking shape

With just seven months left to complete the refurbishment of key areas within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, colleagues and students are beginning to see the transformation take shape.

The first section of Phase 2 works, on Level 9, is now complete and occupied by the Faculty Office. The work plan remains on schedule and a substantial amount of the building, including a new café, is due to be handed back to the Faculty next month.

Work has also commenced on an innovative, sector leading redesign of the Dental Lecture Theatre, which will be complete this autumn. It will transform the current facility into a mix of collaborative teaching and learning space and will include industry bests in furniture, equipment and technology

The £41m investment will transform the Worsley Building into a vibrant and inspirational environment for staff, students and visitors that promotes the delivery of outstanding research and enhances the national and international profile of the Leeds’ Medical and Dental Schools.

The investment will support the development of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, incorporating two research council funded Centres (MRC & ESCR), and will establish Leeds as a nationally leading Centre in data intensive research.  Upgraded facilities will also accommodate the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials and Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

A new café will provide additional eating, meeting and social space for staff and visitors.  Along with a dynamic new reception that will enhance the external profile of the building and promote the excellent research and teaching provided across the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Find out more about the Worsley Building Project

Find out more about the Lecture Theatre Redesign Project

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


Investing in our Leading European, Multidisciplinary Engineering School

Work being undertaken as part of the £38m investment into the School of Chemical and Process Engineering remains firmly on track.

The project is now a quarter of the way complete with completion anticipated for autumn 2017.

New state of the art facilities will pave the way for continued cutting edge research and teaching, whilst a combination of flexible and formal spaces will create a dynamic and contemporary learning environment for students and staff.

By autumn 2017 the new facilities will boast a suite of three purpose built laboratories for research using radioactive materials and a new photonic laboratory that will house £1.3M ultrafast laser plasma implantation equipment.

The process enabled by the laser will create potential applications including toughening mobile phone displays, building functional glasses for use in new types of biosensors, and creating novel anti-counterfeiting technology to protect products. It is anticipated that within four years the facility is expected to be devoting 50% of its capacity to commercial projects.

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


Discover more about the ambitious plans for a £5m Cycle Track

Join the Sport and Physical Activity team on Thursday 17th March between 2pm-5pm to find out more information about the fantastic new cycle track and sports pavilion.

Anyone interested in this exciting project will be able to see the proposed development plans and hear more about the intention to establish Leeds as the primary UK centre for cycling and triathlon. 

Find out more on the Sport and Physical Activity website.