Mechanical Engineering works

Last updated on 20 April 2023

on 17 April at 6am – 8am, as part of a refurbishment project in the Energy Research building a site cabin is to be installed to provide welfare facilities for the contractor.

The cabin requires a new temporary power supply to be derived from the Mechanical Engineering building.

The works have been planned to be undertaken early in the morning to minimise disruption.

Services to be interrupted

Lighting throughout the first floor of the Mechanical Engineering building.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

Lighting will not be operational throughout the first floor of the Mechanical Engineering building.

 

For enquiries please contact: Neil Sutherland

Mobile: 07956 458946

Email: n.sutherland@leeds.ac.uk

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 343 5555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

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

Chemical and Process Engineering (public highway closures)

Last updated on 20 April 2023

On 19 March, footpath and lane closures on the public highway, near the Chemical and Process Engineering building, will be closed all day. This will facilitate high level access to an externally mounted sign.

Works planned in agreement with LCC Highways and a full traffic management plan has been approved by LCC with the date / time proposed by LCC.

Services to be interrupted

Footpaths, roads and traffic control within the vicinity of the Woodhouse Lane. 

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

External footpath closures.

 

Alternative access routes are highlighted on the map below.

Map of public highway closure near Chemical and Process Engineering building

For enquiries please contact: James Wright

Contact telephone no: 07534 982249

Email: j.r.wright@leeds.ac.uk

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 3435555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

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

Storm Jameson

Last updated on 20 April 2023

The work commencing on 11 March at Storm Jameson is cancelled, due to weather conditions.

On 11 March at 6am – 2pm, essential works are to be carried out on the steam main.

Services to be interrupted

The heating system and domestic hot water.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

The building will be without heating and hot water.

 

For enquiries please contact: David Johnston, Mechanical Supervisor.

Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 5555 Mobile: 07946 004835

Email: esmechanical@leeds.ac.uk

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 343 5555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

Thank you for your patience.

Bad weather – March 2023

Last updated on 20 April 2023

Campus remains open after heavy snowfall but people should exercise caution.

Gritting teams have been out and are continuing to work to clear core routes.

The University aims to operate a business as usual approach in as many areas as possible to ensure that disruption to services and learning and teaching activity is minimal.

Services to be interrupted

None.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

None.

For enquiries please contact: James Wright, Grounds & Gardens

Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 5981 Mobile: 077534 982249

Email: j.r.wright@leeds.ac.uk

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 343 5555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

Thank you for your patience.

External redecoration to Cromer Terrace

Last updated on 20 April 2023

On 13 March, there will be external redecoration to 10 – 20 Cromer Terrace. The works will take 4 weeks and a fixed scaffold will be in place.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

  • Noise from erecting and dismantling the scaffold.
  • Wet paint to external windows and doors

Services to be interrupted

None.

For enquiries please contact: Matt Easton

Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 5251 Mobile: 07775 074225

Email: m.d.easton@leeds.ac.uk

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 343 5555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

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

Master of the Universe sculpture outside Edward Boyle library being put into place by constructors.

Estates and Galleries light up campus

Last updated on 26 April 2023

The installation this week of a new sculpture outside the Edward Boyle Library has been a collaboration between the Facilities Directorate and colleagues working in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery.

Lighting design

‘Master of the Universe’, by world-renowned sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, took up its position last week in an operation coordinated by Christopher Wade, Architectural Technical Officer in the Estates Design Office.

A key consideration in the setting for the sculpture has been the lighting design, which Christopher has worked on with lighting designer Alkestie Skarlatou of Light in Space.

“Illuminating the sculpture in the evenings not only benefits the sculpture’s appearance, but also ensures it is a wayfinding point after dark,” says Christopher.

“The design of the lighting is critical as it influences how the sculpture is ‘read’ outside daylight hours. A lighting wash over the whole sculpture would risk overwhelming its detail and misses the opportunity darkness presents to emphasise parts of the sculpture”, he adds.

Inspiration from William Blake

Master of the Universe’ is a bronze sculpture which takes its inspiration from a painting by the artist William Blake. In Blake’s painting, the figure is a depiction of the mathematician Sir Isaac Newton crouched over a mathematical diagram, from which he is taking measurements with a pair of compasses. In the Paolozzi sculpture, the figure is astylistically mechanical representation of the sculptor.

Although the messages the two works seek to convey are different, the figure’s posture and focus in each is the same and the lighting emphasises the same area of the sculpture – the face, hands and area the compasses rest on – as the light in Blake’s painting.

“Positioning the lights to achieve this took some consideration, as they need to be raised off the ground but not obvious during daylight hours,” says Christopher. “We are therefore fixing the lights to the underside of a bespoke interpretation panel, which during daytime presents information about the sculpture.”

In order to limit energy use, the lights will be switched on automatically at dusk and off again later in the evening along with other lights on campus.

Grounds and Garden team

The Facilities Directorate are also putting finishing touches to the Paolozzi’s surroundings, with a  landscaping design implemented by thes Grounds and Gardens team, providing a sympathetic backdrop for the sculpture.

Leeds Alumni

The piece was donated by Douglas Caster, who completed his degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Leeds in 1975.

Masud Khokhar, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, said:

“Leeds is a significant centre of science, art, and culture, so it’s fitting that our community will be able to experience this fascinating artwork whenever they visit the Edward Boyle Library.”

“I hope the message behind the sculpture inspires students, staff, researchers and our wider community to pursue knowledge in exciting new ways.”

For further information, read this news story about the Paolozzi Sculpture arriving at the university.

 

Water main works – March 2023

Last updated on 20 April 2023

7 March 2023 – 10 March 2023, 8am – 4pm

Due to urgent water main work, there will be digging at the front of the Great Hall and Baines Wing on the grass verge.

Services to be interrupted: None

Effects of the interruption upon building occupants: Machinery noise

Contact details

Lee Bedford

Mobile: 07932 947 151

Email: wsdltb@leeds.ac.uk

If the above member of staff is unavailable, please contact the Estates Service Helpdesk on 0113 343 555 or email eshelp@leeds.ac.uk.

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

Lecture room in Esther Simpson Building

Estates team collaborate for teaching innovation

Last updated on 25 October 2023

Michael Hern, Teaching Space Support Team Leader explores the teaching spaces at the University of Leeds using the feedback from students and academic to reshape learning spaces into modernised environments.

Exciting new teaching spaces across campus have been shaped by feedback from students and staff says Michael Hern.

Over 15 years Michael has seen our 400 teaching spaces transform from ‘chalk and talk’ to innovations such as microphone-enabled tracking cameras used during teaching sessions in the Esther Simpson Building, as he explains in the following video:

 

Michael Hern, Teaching Space Support Team Leader said:

“Using technology and great design is important for many reasons. For one, it means that academics don’t have to turn their backs on students while they teach to write on a board.”

Research shows that this kind of innovation enhances the student learning experience.

Also in Roger Stevens, spaces were designed with walkways so that teaching staff can interact with students rather than ‘delivering’ material from the front. 

Digital transformation is at the heart of the University’s strategy and the Estates and Facilities team in the University’s Facilities Directorate deliver projects across campus with this at their heart.  

“Stemming away from the traditional practices has enabled positive change. The latest ideas and feedback have contributed to creating a community and bringing people together.”

This is certainly true of the new lecture theatres at Roger Stevens where small details make a big difference. Students said they wanted more space to store bags and coats and that wellbeing was important. This has resulted in imaginative storage facilities and a green wall. 

“The work is challenging but very rewarding. I’m very proud.”

Find out more about teaching spaces by following @UoLCampusDevelopment 

Temporary steam shut down – February 2023

Last updated on 20 April 2023

Temporary steam shut down on Saturday 18 February, 8am – 2pm and Sunday 19 February, 8am – 2pm.

Building no. and name

0355, 0356, 0357, 0358, 0359, Henry Price, 0044 SCAPE, 0001 Fine Art, 0038 28 University Road

Effects of the disruption

Services to be interrupted: Heating and hot water.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants: No heating and hot water until critical repairs have been completed.

With exception of Henry Price (all blocks) – immersion heaters will be switched on for hot water supply

Contact

For enquiries please contact: Matt Easton

Email: m.d.easton@leeds.ac.uk

Contact number: 0113 343 5251 / 0777 5074 225

If the above member of staff is unavailable, please contact the Estates Service Helpdesk on 0113 343 555 or email eshelp@leeds.ac.uk.

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

Security Services standing outside the Great Hall building, featuring the electric vehicle

Security Services increase electric fleet

Last updated on 6 February 2023

Now with four fully electric vehicles and one hybrid, the Security Services team are contributing to the University’s reduction in fleet admissions. Around fifty per cent of University’s entire fleet are now electric.

Our Climate Plan’s central pillar of Net Zero emissions by 2030 highlights the importance of tackling this reduction.

Mark Bownass, Head of Security Services, says that the vehicles have other benefits too.

“The team uses charging points on campus so never have to leave the site to buy fuel, meaning they are available 24/7.”

“The servicing costs are lower and no oil is needed. Some of the team are in the cars for long periods of time – such as those patrolling overnight – and they report that the cars are comfortable, very well-fitted and technically agile.”

Find out more about the University’s commitment to Net Zero by 2030.

Pictured left to right: Operations Manager Greg Evans and Security Officers Tayyab Hanif and Sohail Masroor