Discover more about the ambitious plans for a £40m University Innovation and Enterprise Centre

Members of the public, University staff and students are invited to find out more about the University’s ambitious plans for an University Innovation and Enterprise Centre (UIEC).

A dedicated consultation event will take place on Wednesday 13th April, 2pm – 7pm in the Parkinson Building.

Join key project staff and project architects, Associated Architects, to find out more about the proposed development plans. This high profile Centre will create a significant gateway to access the University’s research and innovation assets.

The UIEC is a high profile 10,000m2 facility designed to connect external organisations with the University’s research and innovation capabilities and network to create new opportunities for innovation, productivity and growth.

Located in the Centre will be technology start-ups businesses as well as offsite corporate Research and Development and New Product Development teams.  It will provide a business lounge and café, meeting rooms, conference facilities and exhibition space, and an extensive programme of events to attract organisations from across the Leeds City Region and beyond.



For more details on the University Innovation and Enterprise Centre visit here


Investing in our Leading European, Multidisciplinary Engineering School

Work being undertaken as part of the £38m investment into the School of Chemical and Process Engineering remains firmly on track.

The project is now a quarter of the way complete with completion anticipated for autumn 2017.

New state of the art facilities will pave the way for continued cutting edge research and teaching, whilst a combination of flexible and formal spaces will create a dynamic and contemporary learning environment for students and staff.

By autumn 2017 the new facilities will boast a suite of three purpose built laboratories for research using radioactive materials and a new photonic laboratory that will house £1.3M ultrafast laser plasma implantation equipment.

The process enabled by the laser will create potential applications including toughening mobile phone displays, building functional glasses for use in new types of biosensors, and creating novel anti-counterfeiting technology to protect products. It is anticipated that within four years the facility is expected to be devoting 50% of its capacity to commercial projects.

Find out more about the School of Chemical and Process Engineering project.


Discover more about the ambitious plans for a £5m Cycle Track

Join the Sport and Physical Activity team on Thursday 17th March between 2pm-5pm to find out more information about the fantastic new cycle track and sports pavilion.

Anyone interested in this exciting project will be able to see the proposed development plans and hear more about the intention to establish Leeds as the primary UK centre for cycling and triathlon. 

Find out more on the Sport and Physical Activity website.


Dennis Hopper

Sharing the University’s plans as part of a wider vision for Yorkshire

Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities Management, shares the University’s plans as part of a wider vision for Yorkshire.

Sharing our vision for campus and seeking views and comments from regional stakeholders is of great importance to us.

We have held a number of meetings recently with the stakeholders in the Leeds City Region which have all received positive feedback. Members of the Leeds Civic Trust were enthused and very supportive of our ambitious plans to create a world class campus. Ongoing consultation and discussion are vital components in the implementation of our plan, and we are currently planning a consultation event with members of the local community.

The key to understanding the campus development plan is to recognise that it is rooted in the University’s Strategic Plan, with its ambitions for the growth and development of our research capability, academic cohort and the student body.

The campus development plan has been explicitly formulated to support and answer these needs. Although we have completed, and are planning, the construction of new buildings –work on the University Centre for Innovation and Enterprise and the Engineering and Physical Sciences development will both begin in the next year – the plan is not purely about new projects. It also encompasses a huge amount of enhancement, upgrading and maintenance works taking place on campus. As well as the significant ongoing refurbishments in the Schools of Medicine and Engineering and the Edward Boyle Library, we are also carrying out many smaller projects and works relating to campus infrastructure, pedestrianisation, separation of traffic, and maximising our green spaces. Current works alone are costing in the region of £150m – and much more is planned for the future.

There is an enormous amount of work taking place and this summer we will see a peak of activity. However, by September some key projects will be completed – the extension and refurbishment of the Institute for Transport Studies, the relocation of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies to the remodelled former School of Geography building, and the first phase of improvements to the Edward Boyle Library – and I hope that once staff, students and visitors see the new and improved facilities they will be pleased with the results!

You can watch our progress and sign up for email updates here


Architect awards

University of Leeds shortlisted for Architectural Awards

Two of the University’s buildings have been shortlisted for prestigious architectural awards.
Laidlaw Library

The Laidlaw Library opened in spring 2015.

Shortlisted for a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2016 Yorkshire Award is the Laidlaw Library. The Library is amongst eleven other buildings competing for the prestigious accolade of ‘Building of the Year’ which recognises buildings that demonstrate outstanding architecture. Judges will be visiting the Library over the next few weeks and a winner will be announced in April.

Alongside the Laidlaw, the multi-storey car park which opened earlier this year has also been recognised for its inspirational design.  The car park, which boasts an impressive bespoke exterior of aluminum cladding panels and feature façade lighting for distinct aesthetic effect, is shortlisted in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2016 Awards. As part of the process, judges visited the University to view the car park last month with a winner to be announced in May.

Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities Management, commented:

“The University of Leeds is delighted to see our buildings being recognised in the RICS and RIBA Awards. To be shortlisted for these awards is testament to our ongoing commitment to create outstanding architectural buildings within our ambitious plan to create a world class campus.”


Montague Burton

Enhancing student experience at Montague Burton Residences

A £7.5m investment is set to transform this well recognised building known for providing a great home to the University’s students.

A 30 month project will involve reconfiguring accommodation space to create larger blocks of living areas and the creation of a social space which will become a central hub of social activity for residents.

Find out more about the Montague Burton Halls of Residence project

Lecture theatre

Redesign and Refurbishment of Central Teaching Space

Exciting plans are underway for a state of the art £2.8m pilot programme to be delivered this summer that will redesign and refurbish our central teaching space.

The new proposed lecture theatres will transform our current facilities by offering a mix of collaborative teaching and learning space, and at the same time will contribute to the successful delivery of the University’s Digital Strategy for student education. The redesign of the lecture theatres will reflect best practice in furniture, equipment and use of digital technology.

Primarily the three lecture theatres in this pilot are Dental Lecture Theatre, Worsley Building; Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 8 and Mechanical Lecture Theatre B, Mechanical Engineering. We are currently consulting with all users.

We are currently consulting with all users.  If you would like to be involved please contact Liz Brittain e.m.brittain@leeds.ac.uk

Find out more about the Lecture Theatre Redesign Project.


Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery Refurbishment Complete

Following a £1.9m refurbishment of the Treasures of Brotherton Gallery, doors were officially opened to staff, students and members of the public earlier this month.

The scheme involved the refurbishment of a suite of rooms to create a climatically controlled gallery space and adjoining public engagement room.

The gallery has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players – a grant of almost £1.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a generous private donation from the Brotherton-Ratcliffe family have supported the University in showcasing the treasures.

For more information on the project visit the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery page.

Image: The John Brotherton-Ratcliffe Room in the University of Leeds’ new Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery
© University of Leeds

Cycle track

£4.5M Cycle Track

Innovative plans to create a state of the art cycle track are being consulted on with users over the coming weeks.

Proposals to develop a new £4.5m development of an outdoor closed loop cycling track have been passed by the University and will hopefully receive planning consent over the coming months.

Located on the University Bodington playing fields in North Leeds, the development will include a cutting edge, 1.6km tarmac cycle track and refurbished pavilion which will be used as a base for British Triathlon’s elite training centre.

Anticipated for completion this autumn, the new facilities will be maintained by the University of Leeds and will be open for use by students, staff and the public. British Triathlon will also be based at the new site with access to strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and other support services. Amongst these elite athletes will be Olympic medallists and University of Leeds Alumni Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

The impressive new development will also support the elite athletes at the University ensuring they have state of the art facilities to train in to achieve their aim of competing on a world class level.

“The University of Leeds excels at cycling and triathlon, and our students are consistently at the top of their sport in the UK. Having these new facilities and British Triathlon based on site will further strengthen this.”
Rob Wadsworth- Head of Sport

For more information on the project visit the Bodington Pavilion and Cycle Track page.

Transport Studies

£3.9M Investment for Institute for Transport Studies

This Victorian building on University Road is receiving a £3.9M investment. The remodelling and refurbishment over the coming months will extend and modernise the learning environment, to create a first class learning environment to match the Institute’s standing as a world-leader in transport teaching and research.

The project paves the way for further collaborations – with colleagues across the University of Leeds, with industry and with international partners. The Institute’s pioneering inter-disciplinary approach is at the core of what they do, and a new-look building is a key enabler for future development.

Professor Greg Marsden, Institute Director says:

“A key driver for this project is to facilitate enhanced interactions between our various stakeholders – including our students, our staff, visiting researchers, other universities, industry partners, and research sponsors.  Creating modern open spaces for these interactions is one aspect of our strategic plan to further develop the Institute as a hub for inter-disciplinary learning.”

Find out more about the Institute for Transport Studies project.