Brownlee Centre

New Brownlee Centre and Cycle Circuit complete

Last updated on 15 July 2019

The ten-month, £5m investment is complete at the University’s Bodington Playing Fields in North Leeds. The new 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit is one of the longest in the country and sits alongside the Brownlee Centre; the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training base, providing the first permanent home for the world-class Leeds Triathlon Centre.

Adrian Smith, Estates Project Manager said about the project:

“This has been a unique opportunity and project for Estate Services to deliver. Geo Houlton & Sons Ltd, the contractor have been very dedicated in delivering an exceptional result for the university. Throughout it all we have worked closely with the client to ensure we fully interpreted their requirements. It’s been incredibly exciting working on this project and on behalf of Estates Services we are delighted that this new facility really strengthens the sports facility provision at Leeds.”

Construction Director Dave Padden said: 

“Houlton were very excited to be involved in this project. The scheme offers 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, were given the opportunity to be associated with the investment, the University and its partners have made to develop aspiring athletes of the future as well as existing Elite athletes, makes us immensely proud”

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Investing further in our Central Teaching Spaces!

Last updated on 9 September 2019

We will be investing a further £2m into our Central Teaching Spaces this summer. 19 lecture theatres and seminar rooms within the Roger Stevens, Chemistry and Michael Sadler buildings will undergo refurbishment to create modernised and inspiring places for our students to be taught in.

The project will be led by the Facilities Services Team and is set to be complete in time for the start of the autumn term. Works include the replacement of AV & IT as well as a general refresh of the spaces.

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£4.4m investment in the School of Design

Last updated on 9 September 2019

Plans to refurbish and significantly improve the home of the School of Design will commence in May.

The £4.4m investment, to reinvigorate spaces within the Clothworkers South building, is part of the School’s Colour Imaging Project. Various spaces across all floors of the building will undergo maintenance and refurbishment. New laboratories, exhibition areas and student spaces will be created.


The building will house state of the art research facilities focused on 3D Weaving, Creative and Technical Digital Print, Sustainability and Colour.

To minimise the disruption to students during the busy exam period, a significant amount of work is programmed to take place during the summer break.

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Campus then and now

Campus then and now: Leeds University Business School

Last updated on 9 September 2019

We’ve been digging through our archive of old campus photos and found a few images that show the campus throughout the years. This month we’re focussing on the Business School.

Then: Grammar School, Leeds est. 1859

By 1857, the city of Leeds was growing prodigiously due to the Industrial Revolution. The city conditions were dirty and Harrison’s buildings inadequate for a Victorian education. Therefore in 1857 the decision was made by Rev. Alfred Barry (Headmaster) to move the school to new premises next to Woodhouse Moor.  (n.d). In Wikipedia. Retrieved April 2017



University Business School

Now: Leeds University Business School (2017)

Leeds University Business School is housed in the impressively renovated 19th century Maurice Keyworth Building on the western edge of the University of Leeds campus, which previously belonged to the Leeds Grammar School.


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Edward Boyle Library

Our Campus Facilities are top five for student experience

Last updated on 9 September 2019

The University of Leeds has moved into the top five in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, from sixth position last year, to fourth this year.

Every year, the Times Higher Education survey asks students across the UK to give their views about their university on a range of issues, from the quality of teaching and how well-structured the courses are, through to accommodation and support and welfare.

Our facilities, activities and societies and services such as security on campus, student welfare and support all feature particularly strongly. In the survey the students voted Leeds third for its facilities, including quality, convenience, library/opening hours, shop and bar amenities, and sports facilities.

We offer exceptional campus facilities too!

With first-rate accommodation, libraries and teaching facilities, the University is investing a further £520m to further develop the campus to support world-leading research and teaching.

This spring sees the completion of some of the most recent investments, including the £5m Brownlee Centre and cycle track and the £24.7m refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library.

Already one of the best student unions in the UK, Leeds University Union was the first union to be awarded ‘excellent’ status in NUS quality accreditation and will provide even better facilities and opportunities for students following the completion of a £17 million upgrade in 2017.

The Union continues to receive one of the highest levels of satisfaction amongst students.

For more details visit National Student Survey results


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Official openings mark success of buildings

Last updated on 9 September 2019

This year has seen the official opening of two, multi-million pound refurbished buildings that were led and delivered by Estate Services.

The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies along with the Institute for Transport Studies have been applauded for the significant improvements made to the buildings, resulting in modernised environments for students and staff.

Peter Morgan, an award-winning scriptwriter was among the scores of alumni returning to the University of Leeds’ School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies to celebrate the opening of its new home. The refurbishment of the listed building in University Road marks an investment of £7.6 million, bringing the School together in one site close to the heart of the campus. It provides students with an impressive, modernised environment including quality studio space, fully-equipped workshops, a multi-purpose project space and a large student common room.

Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport opened the £4m building for Institute for Transport Studies, which provides a new modern research and teaching space. Enhanced spaces have been created for PhD and post-doctoral researchers, to ensure that the University is supporting emerging talent alongside its world-class professors. The new building also marks 50 years since the discipline of transport studies was first established at Leeds.

“These are exciting times for transport policy and planning in the UK, and our world class Institute for Transport Studies is ideally placed to help shape this agenda and deliver innovative solutions” Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

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Architectural awards wins

Last updated on 17 July 2019

Earlier this month, three University of Leeds projects were highly commended for their architectural prowess at the 26th Leeds architecture awards.

  • The installation of the untitled Bas-Relief sculpture on the side of the Stage@Leeds was highly commended in the public realm and landscape design category. Bodington Hall’s architects, Jones and Stocks, subcontracted Hubert Dalwood to create the frieze for the hall’s refectory block in 1961. The sculpture was saved and moved to Stage@Leeds and refurbished in spring 2016.
  • The Laidlaw Library received a commendation in the New Building Category.
  • The Multi–Storey Car Park was highly commended in the Young People’s Review category.

The prestigious awards recognise the contribution building and landscape design makes to the city. Nearly 80 nominations were received over 7 categories for the awards, with further honours given in the People’s Choice and Young People’s awards.

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VIDEO: NEXUS – a future view

Last updated on 9 September 2019

Watch an overview video of the construction of NEXUS. You can find out more about Nexus by visiting the NEXUS project page.

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ICEPS disruption

Plan your walking route around campus

Last updated on 17 July 2019

Work has now commenced to prepare for the £96m investment to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Installation of hoardings may affect your current route to and from Engineering buildings, please plan your walking route.

Find out more about the disruptions caused by this project.

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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.

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