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

Scaffolding extension in Electronic & Electrical Engineering building

Last updated on 19 March 2024

Scaffolding will be extended to staircase A22 on the fourth floor of the Electronic and Electric Engineering building from Wednesday 20 March to Wednesday 27 March.

Reason for works/service interruption

Urgent reactive repairs to ceiling.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

No access to the stairs from 4th floor, please use A21.

 

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

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

Water supply disruption at the School of Music

Last updated on 18 March 2024

The water supply at the School of Music will be disrupted on Thursday 4 April, from 6pm to 8pm, while work is carried out.

Services to be interrupted

Incoming cold-water supply serving the whole building.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

There will be no hot and cold-water services throughout the building for the duration of the interruption.

For enquiries please contact: Tony Peace
Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 5788 Mobile: 07958 100 162
Email: T.Peace@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 343 5555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

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

Additional borehole drilling in Mechanical Engineering Building service yard

Last updated on 15 March 2024

Due to geological issues, borehole drilling will recommence in the car park within the service yard to the rear of the Mechanical Engineering Building from Monday 18 March to Friday 29 March.

A drilling rig, associated drilling equipment, along with large lorries will be present.

A large element of the University’s pathway to delivering Net Zero by 2030 – a principle of the Climate Plan – is the decarbonisation of heat across campus. This work is to explore the ability to deliver subsurface heat through geothermal energy.

Services to be interrupted

Loss of the car park and some noise.

Note – General day-to-day access to the service yard area will not be uninterrupted.

From Monday 18 March to Friday 29 March, there will be work in the car park within the Mechanical Engineering Service Yard. Large lorries will deliver equipment to this area during the initial site set-up. Lorries delivering fuel and water and collecting spoil will be accessing the site throughout the work which will incur some noise a day.

The car park as identified below, will be closed.

map of mechanical engineering areas that will be closed
Car park area closed – red area.
Site/drilling compound – blue area

 

For enquiries please contact: Simon Gough Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 6988 Mobile: 07913 900 088 Email: s.j.gough@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 343 5555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

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

Electrical service disruption in the Sir William Bragg Building

Last updated on 14 March 2024

As part of works on the Sir William Henry Bragg Building ‘fallow space’ fit out project, electrical services will be disrupted in the building on Thursday 4 April.

Work will be carried out during the early morning to minimise disruption, however, please ensure any work is saved on computers prior to the works being carried out.

Services to be disrupted

Power to sockets in all the rooms below on level 2:
2.A04 2.12 2.21C 2.23A Link Bridge
2.A05 2.13 2.21D 2.23B
2.A05 Stair 4 2.14 2.21E 2.23C
2.A25 2.16 2.21F 2.23D
2.A26 2.21 2.21G 2.23E
2.11 2.21A 2.22 2.24
2.11A 2.21B 2.23 2.31

Motorised fire dampers in the following rooms:
2.A26 2.A50 2.X07

Water Heater / ZIP Hydroboil in the following rooms:
2.11A 2.14 2.18 2.19

Hand Dryers / Electronic Flush / Disabled Alarm Systems in the following rooms:
2.18 2.19 2.20 2.19

HVAC Fan Coil Unit & BMS controller in the following room:
2.21

The following services on Level 2 for which the room location has not been identified:
DMO / Deaf Alerter
BMS Trend Controller
Motorised Fire Damper
DALI Spur (lighting controls)

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

 

Toilets out of use in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering buildings

Last updated on 13 March 2024

Staff and students are asked to not to use toilet facilities in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering while a toilet waste system issued is resolved. Toilet facilities in the buildings have been taped off for safety.

Services to be interrupted

Toilets across all floors.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

Building users will need to use facilities in surrounding buildings.

For urgent enquiries please contact: Matt Easton
Contact Mobile: 07775074225
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.

 

Closure of pathway at Western Campus

Last updated on 11 March 2024

The pathway through the field at Western Campus will be closed for safety reasons while repair works are ongoing until Saturday 6 April.

Reason for works/service interruption

Safety issues due to loose paving.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

Pathway closed – please use other paths for access.

For enquiries please contact: Sean Craven
Contact Telephone Mobile: 07776 243 970
Email: S.Craven@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 343 5555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

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

Electrical fixed wire testing in FD Building

Last updated on 11 March 2024

Electrical fixed wire testing will take place in the Facilities Directorate Building from Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March, from 6pm to 2am.

Electric supplies will be disrupted while testing takes place.

Services to be interrupted

Electrical circuits, power and lighting.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

Electrical fixed wire testing to be completed on night shift to minimise disruption. Please shut down PCs when not in use during these nights.

For enquiries please contact: Lloyd Carlton
Contact Telephone Mobile: 07595 460 988
Email: l.o.carlton@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 343 5555 or e-mail: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

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

Carla Tucker from the Sustainability Service

Ten minutes with Carla Tucker

Last updated on 16 April 2024

Meet Carla Tucker, Sustainability Project Co-ordinator. Carla is one of the Facilities Directorate’s Staff Voice Ambassadors.

The FD Staff Voice is a forum where volunteer representatives from the directorate discuss ideas, questions and concerns raised by their colleagues and work together to find solutions.

Read our interview with FD Staff Voice Champion, Matthew Whiteley.

Can you describe your role in a few sentences?

I’m the Sustainability Project Co-ordinator and a member of the Sustainability Service. My role is to manage our certified Environmental Management System (EMS), alongside the Environmental Compliance Officer. It’s a framework that the university uses to minimise risk and maximise opportunities with regards to the potential environmental impact of its activities.

My day-to-day includes building inspections, audits, reviewing EMS documents and providing EMS information to staff and students.

What is the FD Staff Voice?

The FD Staff Voice is almost like an experiment that looks to bring about positive culture change within the FD. It’s a group of people working together to make the working experience for everyone in the FD better.

Why is the FD Staff Voice important for colleagues?

It’s self-empowering. Yes, we can’t change everything, but here’s an opportunity where you can have actual input, which could potentially bring about lasting change. I know people can be sceptical when programmes like this start, but it’s something worth doing and having input in. It could make a difference.

I can appreciate that this is a long-term process, and it may take some time before you might see lasting results, but I don’t think people should be discouraged by that. Especially when you’re working in a large organisation with so many different work areas, getting everyone on the same page takes time. But we will get there.

How did you become involved in the FD Staff Voice?

I was already looking to do some volunteering work that would enable me to meet more members of staff from both inside and outside the Directorate, because a part of my role is to promote the EMS.

A manager approached me to ask if I’d be interested in representing the Sustainability Service for the FD Staff Voice programme. I read the description and thought that it sounded interesting. In a previous role, I helped with a social and sports club, so I could see the value of a programme like this and what it can create in the future.

What is beneficial about being involved in the programme?

As I said, a part of my role involves promoting the EMS, and I’ve been able to meet people from different areas to do that. It’s been useful to find out how other teams and departments function and why things are the way they are. I’ve even met someone who was able to give me advice on an issue I found in an inspection.
For me, just meeting and working with people, you really get to see their personality, which I think is really cool.

What would you like to achieve on the programme?

It’s still a new thing, so I haven’t been able to think too much about specific ambitions, but one thing I’d like to do is to work with the rest of the group to formalise processes to help the FD Staff Voice become a sustainable programme.

Even if it allows people to engage with people they don’t usually interact with, it definitely adds value.

Find out more about the FD Staff Voice.