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Creating an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences

Last updated on 17 July 2019

A programme of work will commence on 20 March to prepare for the £96m investment to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences. Staff, students and visitors are advised to plan their route as site hoardings will be in place and access routes to and from Engineering will change.

 This project is the biggest single financial investment ever made on campus and is part of our £520m campus plan to help secure our position as one of the UK’s top ten research universities.

 The new development will bring together research and teaching across Engineering and Physical Sciences, to inspire new ways of working across disciplines, strengthen industry collaboration and support world-class student education.

To include new homes for the Schools of Computing and Physics & Astronomy, this investment will also provide specialised teaching spaces and will be the hub for our new Bragg Centre, providing facilities and expertise to support multidisciplinary materials research involving physicists, chemists, biologists and engineers. This development will also integrate world-leading research in robotics and in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)

Phase one of the project will see the demolition of the former Estates Building and the Old Boiler House which are located near the Old Mining building on Woodhouse Lane. Installation of hoardings may affect your current route to and from Engineering buildings. There will also be some noise disturbance as work gets underway. Staff, students and visitors are advised to plan their route as site hoarding will be in place and access routes will change.

Find out more about this project.


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Campus then and now: University Square

Last updated on 9 September 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 University Square.

Now: University Square (2017)

The University’s Precinct is home to a new piece of sculpture by Sue Lawty, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Mitzi Cunliffe’s monumental Man-Made Fibres sculpture in 2016. Texta Texens is located in the walkway outside Clothworkers’ South, developing a dialogue with Cunliffe’s Man-Made Fibres above. It was created in collaboration with poet Helen Mort – Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at the University 2014-2016 – and sculptor Dan Jones.

Engraved in the sculpture is Dr Mort’s poem ‘Texere’, the words literally becoming part of the weft and weave of the stonework, exploring the link between text and textiles, weaving conversations about life and learning, research and education, people and place on campus.

Celebrating the Yorkshire Year of the Textile on campus 

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Expansion Plans for the School of Earth and Environment

Last updated on 18 July 2019

The University Capital Group recently gave the go ahead to the exciting plans for a £7.5m investment for the School of Earth and Environment into levels 7 and 10 of the Staff Centre building, together with the creation of a new collaborative space for the Priestley International Centre for Climate.

A programme of enabling works is currently underway to facilitate the creation of more office and meeting room spaces. The project is scheduled for completion in Autumn 2018.

The expansion marks the continued success and growth of the School, which continues to maintain its strong foundations of world leading research excellence and being a national market-leader in student recruitment. This investment will also enable the establishment of both the Priestley Centre research platform and a Met Office Joint Research Unit – which will realise the Priestley Centre mission to promote interdisciplinary climate-solutions research of the highest standard.

Find out more about the School of Earth and Environment project .

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Setting up of scaffold around the external areas of Stead House

Last updated on 18 July 2019

We are notifying you of the erection of a scaffold around the external areas of Stead House only, (not the main Food Science Block). This is to allow Estate Services to redecorate the render and external joinery across Stead House.

When: Monday 20th February – Friday 10th March.

Where: External areas of Stead House

Services to be interrupted: Footpath to the side of Stead House.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants: Erection of scaffolding between Monday 20th February – Thursday 23rd February. Intermittent periods of noise, presence of contractors working on scaffold and vehicular movements along Willow Terrace Road.  Closure of footpath across grassed area alongside Stead House to car park at rear of Central Safety Services.

For enquiries please contact: Ed Batty
Contact Telephone No: 0113 34 36820

If the above member of staff is unavailable, you have any general queries about our services or would like to add or remove a person from this email list, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 0113 34 35555 or e-mail:

Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Brownlee Centre

Last updated on 18 July 2019

A new £5m University of Leeds sports facility is to be named after its most successful alumni athletes, Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

The Brownlee Centre sits alongside a new 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit – one of the longest in the country – at the University’s Bodington playing fields in north Leeds.

The unique centre, which opens in April, is the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training base and will provide the first permanent home for the world-class Leeds Triathlon Centre.

The 10 month project has involved extensive work to revive the original sports pavilion into a modernised Centre.  Now offering a welcoming reception area and newly redesigned changing facilities, the former pavilion has also benefited from a first floor extension to incorporate a new spectator viewing area, a kitchen/café area and social space with glazed windows providing views of the cycle circuit.

The closed loop cycle circuit design incorporates changes in gradient, a mildly banked hairpin corner and triathlon transition area. A significant investment has been made to install circuit lighting to enable extended hours of use and a footbridge across the circuit to provide users with access to both the cycle circuit and sports fields.

Dedicated facilities for the Leeds Triathlon Centre have also been constructed within the former Pavilion –these include combining a strength and conditioning training suite, physiotherapy, medical and other support services.

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



The site will also continue to be used for grass sports including football and rugby. The next phase of development will see three additional grass pitches, with work scheduled for completion in September 2017.

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Find out more about the Brownlee Centre and Cycle Circuit.

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