sofa and chairs at Maurice Keyworth foyer

Interior design team give campus a new year transformation

Last updated on 19 April 2024

Interior designers at the University of Leeds have given several buildings on campus a new year’s makeover as part of efforts to provide students and staff with more flexible spaces to work, meet and study.

Spaces in the Refectory, Cavendish Road and the Maurice Keyworth Building are among those that have been re-designed by the team. Find out more about the work below:

Postgraduate Research Lounge

postgraduate lounge main space with desks and chairs

Located on the first floor of the Refectory Building, the Postgraduate Research Lounge is a new dedicated study and meeting space for postgraduate research students. Interior designers have completed a full redecoration of the space, providing a brighter and more versatile area for students. The team worked closely with Leeds University Union throughout the design process to make sure that the space met the needs of students.

Cavendish Road

cavendish road working space with desks, chairs and a sofa

Students from the School of English can now use their own dedicated study and collaborative space at Cavendish Road. The redecorated space on the top floor of the building has been kitted out with new furniture and has been designed to allow students to feel comfortable studying independently or collaboratively.

Leeds University Union ground floor

image of area in SU building with TV and co-working space

A new area next to the Leeds University Union helpdesk provides students with additional space to meet and work together. The space includes new charging ports, furniture, and a monitor for collaborative working.

Maurice Keyworth Building

sofa and chairs at Maurice Keyworth foyer

New furniture has been added to the foyer of the Maurice Keyworth Building as part of an ongoing trial, providing a more colourful and welcoming space for students, staff and visitors to meet.

Keep up to date with the latest development projects at the University of Leeds.

Ground investigation works at campus buildings

Last updated on 15 April 2024

Ground investigation works will take place at the IT Services building, EC Stoner, the School of Music & Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall from Monday 22 April to Tuesday 23 April.

This work is taking place in support of the A4 electric substation project.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

There will be noise and dust associated with these works. Please see attached plan for location of works.

campus map of works scheduled to take place

For enquiries please contact: Ric Fisher, Electrical Clerk of Work, or Adele White, Electrical Services Manager.
Contact Mobile: 07918 990885 or 07949134209
Email: r.fisher@leeds.ac.uk or a.white@leeds.ac.uk
If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, 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.

External redecoration to Beech Grove House

Last updated on 15 April 2024

Works are set to take place to externally redecorate Beech Grove House from Monday 29 April to Monday 20 May.

Reason for works/service interruption

Part of lifecycle maintenance programme

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

MEWP and scaffold in use. Wet paint to windows

For enquiries please contact: Matt Easton
Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 5251 Mobile: 07775 074 225
Email: M.D.Easton@leeds.ac.uk

If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, 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.

tulips in front of wavy bacon

Campus blooms into colourful spring landscape

Last updated on 17 May 2024

For the University’s staff and students, there are a few sure signs that spring has well and truly arrived – lighter evenings, warmer days and, of course, the sight of campus springing into life.

Over the past few weeks, scores of flowers and plants across campus have bloomed, transforming the space into a colourful and scenic environment to work, study and meet in.

However, these aesthetic changes are not something left to chance.

For the University’s Grounds & Gardens team, the start of spring is the culmination of months of hard work.

The team logged a combined total of 700 working hours every week during winter to make sure that campus remained in the best condition possible.

They have planted over 14,000 bulbs and over 11,000 bedding plants and replaced over 200 shrubs and trees as part of their preparations for the start of spring.

Their hard work has enabled biodiversity to flourish. Wildflower turf has led to amazing all-year-round colour and pollination, native hedgerows have been planted for our campus birds, and ‘no mow’ areas have been protected. This has all allowed our very urban campus to become a haven for wildlife.

James Wright, Senior Maintenance Manager (Managed Services) at the University of Leeds said: “Our campus looks as good as it does now thanks to the planning, skill and hard work of the Grounds & Gardens team who maintain the space.

“The team’s work is helping us to create amazing spaces and places on campus, and to make everyone who uses our campus feel like they belong.”

As can be seen from the images below, their hard work has certainly paid off.

Follow Campus Developments on Instagram to find out more about what’s happening on campus.

 

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Worsley Building Staircase C closure

Last updated on 8 April 2024

Update: this work will now take place from Tuesday 9 April – Wednesday 10 April.

 

Staircase C in the Worsley Building will be closed from levels four to seven on Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 April.

This is to allow for the replacement of stair nosings.

Services to be interrupted

Closure of staircase C from levels four to seven.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

There will be no access to staircase C.

For enquiries please contact: Lee Bedford
Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 5555 mobile: 07932 947151
Email: wsdltb@leeds.ac.uk
If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, 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.

Electricity supply switch off in University buildings

Last updated on 9 April 2024

The electricity supply in several buildings and residences on campus will be switched off on dates between Monday 15 April and Monday 22 April while new electricity meters are installed.

The affected buildings and dates of disruption are listed below. Disruption will take place between 9am and 5pm unless otherwise stated:

Monday 15 April

  • Lupton Residences – site office/laundry and blocks D, L, M, N, O & P
  • 19 & 21 Clarendon Place – from 5pm to 7pm

Tuesday 16 April

  • 16 Clarendon Place
  • 14, 16, 18 & 20 Cromer Terrace
  • 22 Springfield Mount
  • 15 Blenheim Terrace
  • 30 & 32 Hyde Terrace
  • 167 Woodhouse Lane
  • 175 & 177 Woodhouse Lane

Wednesday 17 April

  • Grosvenor Court, Devonshire Flats blocks A, B, C, D & E
  • North Lawn, Devonshire Flats blocks F, G, H, J & K
  • Devonshire Hall – The Coach House
  • Old Coach House, North Hill Road
  • 8 North Hill Road
  • 10 North Hill Road
  • 14 North Hill Road

Thursday 18 April

  • Montague Burton Residences blocks E, F, G, J, K, l, M & N
  • Weetwood Park Lodge

Friday 19 April

  •  27a Cumberland Road
  • Spring Hill (14 & 16 Cumberland Road)
  • Elmfield Lodge (12 & 18 Cumberland Road)
  • North Hill Court (17 & 19 North Grange Mount)
  • North Hill Cottage
  • The Orchards
  • Rose Mount (18 North Hill Road)
  • Flat 1, 27 Cumberland Road

Monday 22 April

  • 25 Cumberland Road
  • Flat 5, 30 Springfield Mount
  • Flats 5 & 6, 18 Springfield Mount
  • Flats 2 &4, 28 Springfield Mount

Tuesday 23 April

  • 13-23 Cromer Terrace
  • 48 Hyde Terrace/52 Clarendon Road
  • 10 Clarendon Place
  • 20 Clarendon Place
  • Ground Floor Flat, 27 Cromer Terrace
  • 17 Clarendon Place
  • 29/31 Cromer Terrace

Wednesday 24 April

  • Montague Burton Residences: Laundry, Wardens Flat, Blocks A, B, C
  • 12 North Hill Road
  • 25 Cromer Terrace
  • 13 Lyddon Terrace

Thursday 25 April

  • Weetwood Rugby Stand & Bar
  • Weetwood Pavilion and Sports Ground

For enquiries please contact: Robert Bradley
Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 7162 Mobile: 07469 798140
Email: r.bradley@leeds.ac.uk

If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, 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.

map of affected area at Hillary Place

Removal of large equipment from the University of Leeds Driving Simulator

Last updated on 3 April 2024

There will be temporary disruption to the Physics Research Desk and Hillary Place from Wednesday 10 April – Friday 12 April while large equipment is removed from the University of Leeds Driving Simulator.

Services to be Interrupted

Use of Car Parking outside of Virtuocity/University Of Leeds Driving Simulator and reduction of width of Hillary Place.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

  •  Use of car parking spaces outside Virtuocity/University of Leeds Driving Simulator on Hillary Place will not be permitted for the duration of the works to allow for removal of equipment.
  • A reduction in width of Hillary Place is expected outside of the Driving Simulator loading bay during working hours.
  • It is possible that short term halting of pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be required to allow for HGV manoeuvring.
  • Charging bays on Hillary Place (Security Vehicles Only) may be required but will be released at the end of each day or if not needed.
  • Physics Research Deck/Virtuocity is expected to remain accessible to staff throughout the works.

map of affected area at Hillary Place

For enquiries please contact: Peter Woodthorpe
Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 8466
Email: p.t.woodthorpe@leeds.ac.uk

If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, 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.

Ali Kteich

Ten minutes with Ali Kteich

Last updated on 16 April 2024

Meet Ali Kteich, Senior Fitness Instructor at the University of Leeds. Ali is an ambassador of the Facilities Directorate’s Staff Voice programme, a forum where volunteer representatives from the directorate discuss ideas, questions and concerns raised by their colleagues and work together to find solutions.

Can you describe your job in a few sentences?

I work at the Edge as a Senior Fitness Instructor. I supervise a team of fitness instructors and work daily to improve the service we provide in Sport and Physical Activity.

Can you explain what the FD Staff Voice is from your perspective?

The FD Staff Voice is about coming together as a group to raise issues and improvements into the right channels, and then feeding back the actions that have been taken to improve our working environment to the wider service.

It’s almost like a bridge between the managers and the rest of the service. It’s already helping to enable two-way communication between senior people and the rest of the service.

How did you become involved in the FD Staff Voice?

Joining the FD Staff Voice was recommended to me by a manager, and I felt like it was a way I could make a difference.

I’m part of the service’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion panel, so I felt that I could bring some of my experience from that to Staff Voice to ensure everyone is being treated equally and fairly.

I also wanted to make sure that more staff felt empowered within the FD, and that more attention was given to details that would help to improve the working environment.

What does your role in the FD Staff Voice involve?

We gather the concerns and suggestions that have been raised to us by colleagues and make sure that they’re passed on to the right people and channels.

We also make sure that the right people are available to provide support for colleagues if needed.

What do you find to be beneficial about being a part of the programme?

I believe being a part of the FD Staff Voice is helping to improve my own performance. It’s beneficial for me to be able to feed back concerns and improvements from colleagues in terms of improving my own communication skills.

I work reduced hours due to my disability, so this programme is really helping me to progress on a personal level. It’s helping to meet more people and know more about the campus and how the university operates, which is really important and beneficial for me.

Why is the FD Staff Voice important for colleagues?

It is helping to improve the communication channels we have within our department, and to help facilitate communication and feedback between colleagues and their managers.

It’s also helping to make decisions easier for decision-makers, because they now have that direct channel of feedback from colleagues.

I can feel the willing among senior colleagues to resolve the issues that have been raised. I can see the impact that is being made, which makes it easier for people to tell us what they need.

What is your ambition for FD Staff Voice?

I want to make the workplace better for everybody, by making sure that it’s an enjoyable and comfortable place for people to work.

I want to see this scheme improving year after year. It’s just the first year, so I’m really hopeful that we’ll continue to get that support from managers across the department to make more genuine changes to the service.

Read our 10 minutes with FD Staff Voice champion, Matthew Whiteley and FD Staff Voice ambassador, Carla Tucker.

EC Stoner Building advancement team refurbishment works

Last updated on 25 March 2024

As part of electrical works associated with the EC Stoner Building advancement team refurbishment project, a number of services in the building will be disrupted on Tuesday 2 April.

The works are to be undertaken on a University Closed Day to minimise disruption, but please ensure any work is saved on computers prior to the works being carried out.
Please refer to the list of rooms affected below.

Services to be interrupted

  • Power to sockets in all the rooms below on level 9:
    9.15
    9.16
    9.17
    9.18
    9.19
    9.20
    9.21
    9.23
    9.24
    9.25
    9.26
    9.27
  • Cooker power supply in Room 9.20
  • Deaf alerter
  • Hand dryer in Room 9.22
  • Air conditioning 9.26, 9.27 & 9.30A

Power will also be interrupted to the Comms Room 9.30i which serves data throughout EC Stoner Level 9 and advancement team areas which may be situated on other floors.

For enquiries please contact: Neil Sutherland
Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 5922
Email: n.sutherland@leeds.ac.uk

If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, 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.

Geothermal drilling site on campus

Work starts on new geothermal drilling sites

Last updated on 16 April 2024

Drilling has started on new locations on campus as part of an Estates-led project to discover whether geothermal energy can be used to heat campus buildings.

The latest round of work is taking place at locations near Henry Price Residences, Leeds University Business School and Storm Jameson.

Work on the site is expected to continue until mid-April and follows the successful completion of a borehole at a first site at the Henry Price Residences in mid-February.

If successful, it could provide a clean, sustainable source of heat that reduces our reliance on both fossil fuels and electricity.

A thirty-foot drilling rig has been on campus since the start of February and has already drilled to depths of over 150 metres as part of the project.

The holes being drilled include water wells, which are looking for underground water at the right temperature to use for geothermal energy and monitoring wells, which are used to check the impact of extracting heat on the surrounding areas.

The project, which is part of the University’s Net Zero Delivery Plan, is bringing together experts from the Facilities Directorate and the academic community alongside specialists from ANTS Drilling and engineering firm Buro Happold.

David Oldroyd, Interim Director of Development at the University of Leeds, said: “This is an exciting collaborative project, with partners from both inside and outside of the University working closely together to make positive progress.

“This work has the potential to save money, provide a more sustainable way of heating campus in line with the University’s Net Zero goals and set an example for future energy innovation.”

Pip Hunsworth, Associate Director at Buro Happold said: “I never expected when doing my undergraduate and MSc at the University of Leeds that I would be involved in a project on campus like this.

“A key part of our work involves collaborating with the academic teams to ensure the data that is obtained can be used as part of the university’s future works associated with their net zero ambitions. It’s exciting.”

Tom Beeson, Senior Engineering Geologist at Buro Happold said: “I’m very happy to be given the opportunity to be working on a renewable energy scheme in my local area. With the challenge of climate change at the forefront of Civil Engineering, we must find innovative solutions to decarbonise.”

Find out more by visiting our project page and the Sustainability team’s website.

Image credit: Ben Craven