Edward Boyle library

Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment

The £24.7M refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library will create a dynamic information resources hub at the heart of the campus. The team is now 20% of the way through the refurbishment project and once complete the library will offer:

  • Over 2,000 group and silent study spaces and IT cluster PC’s
  • Upgraded and increased study space and a range of group study options
  • A new Great Food at Leeds café
  • A dedicated postgraduate learning zone
  • Plenty of group study and teaching spaces


Work began in June 2015 and the project will be complete by spring 2017. Find out more about the Edward Boyle Library project.

Car park

Multi-Storey Car Park now open

The new £10.5M multi-storey car park opened in the New Year.

Designed by CJCT architects, the new car park boasts an impressive bespoke exterior of aluminium cladding panels and feature façade lighting for distinct aesthetic effect. The scheme also comprises surrounding landscaping, including native hedgerows, pollinating plants and a green wall.

Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities Management at the University of Leeds said,

“The nine level car park improves the quality and safety of parking for our students, staff and visitors. It’s also part of a wider £520M University investment in a transformative campus developments programme, which will deliver the University’s ambition of creating a world class campus.”

Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North East & Yorkshire, said:

“Building work on the University of Leeds’ new multi-storey car park has progressed at rapid pace. This is in no small part thanks to the project team, which has tightly managed the smooth transition throughout our acquisition of the project from Shepherd Construction.

“As a result, we have successfully facilitated the University in its plans to increase the car parking provision in time for the new term, which we hope will appropriately provide sufficient capacity for the foreseeable future.”

To find out more about how the car park build has helped to improve parking at the University of Leeds visit the University’s car parking website.

Edward Boyle Library

£520m development now underway

Our ambitious five-year plan to transform the University campus is now well underway, as we invest £520m in the development of 19 new sites and the refurbishment of our older buildings.

This investment supports the Strategic Plan by further enhancing our students’ experience, and growing our research income through the development of new research platforms. As a result, students, staff and key partners will have access to new, world leading facilities and equipment, such as the £17m Astbury Centre, housing electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and the new University Enterprise and Innovation Centre which will provide a high profile gateway and UK leading environment for collaboration and partnership.

Individual project investments range from £90m to £90k, and several are already underway including a £40m refurbishment of the School of Medicine, £8m refurbishment of the Grade II listed Fine Art building, and the £25m refurbishment of Edward Boyle Library.

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University’s campus masterplan unveiled to the region

The unveiling of the University’s campus masterplan to key influencers in the Yorkshire region took place on 18 November.

The Investing in Knowledge, Creating Opportunity event was held at the University in partnership with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and showcased the impact of the University’s diverse activities on the city, region, UK Plc and beyond.

The new campus master plan which will bring a significant £500m investment into the campus over the next 10 years supports the academic vision for increasing knowledge and opportunity and a focus on world-leading research, collaborative industry partnerships and further enhancing the student experience.

“We aim to create a world class campus at the heart of a vibrant city, where visitors arriving will recognise our commitment to invest in knowledge and opportunity through excellent student education and cutting edge research.”  – Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities



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Autumn project update

Welcome to the first seasonal update on progress of campus development projects. This quick summary provides an overview of recent projects that have now begun on site within the campus.

Edward Boyle Library

Edward_Boyle_GalleryIn September Phase 2 of building work on the Edward Boyle Library commenced which signifies the start of the refurbishment to the main part of the library.  The building will remain partially open for students to use throughout the year.

The £24.7m investment will allow the development of an Information Resources Hub at the heart of the campus, serving taught and postgraduate students as well as staff, fit for the 21st century and reflecting the University’s ambitious academic vision.

Find out more about the Edward Boyle Library project.


Institute for Transport Studies

Transport StudiesRefurbishment and re-build work to the Institute for Transport Studies commenced in September. The work will result in a significantly improved energy efficient, sustainable and fit for purpose building.

The £4 million investment will extend and refurbish the ITS building, to create a first class learning environment to match the Institute’s standing as a world-leader in transport teaching and research.

The project reflects the success of the Institute, and the corresponding growth in staff and student numbers. It also 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 it does, and a new-look building is a key enabler for future development.

Find out more about the ITS project.


Faculty of Engineering

Engineering-1000x700Work has begun on the £38m full refurbishment of the Faculty of Engineering.

With the current engineering building reaching the end of its useable life this refurbishment aims to incorporate new state of the art facilities to enable ambitious growth in academic activity.

The new contemporary environment will create open and flexible laboratory spaces and breakout and informal meeting areas.

Find out more about the Engineering Building project.

Worsley Building

News - WorsleyPhase 2 of the Worsley Building came on site in September. The 1970’s building will undergo significant transformation work to create a much sought after dynamic learning environment.

The £38m investment will create a new contemporary environment with open and flexible laboratory spaces along with breakout and informal meeting areas.

Find out more about the Worsley Building project

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Car park

Car Park Cladding Completed

Another major milestone at Leeds University Multi Storey Car Park as the innovative cladding package is completed.  

The 607 space south precinct facility will sit between the future Design Innovation centre and EC Stoner Building. Illuminated at night with colour changing technology the building will become a key landmark in the city centre.

Find out more about the multi-storey car park.

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Enabling Works Complete at EBL

Enabling works are now complete and the library is back open for use in a smaller footprint with over 1,000 study spaces and IT cluster PC’s.  The bulk of the book stock has now gone to Laidlaw Library with the exception of the main collection for science and engineering.

Due to the extensive refurbishment work being undertaken there will be periods of noise – apologies are given for this during the essential works.

Laidlaw library

New £27.5m Laidlaw Library Complete

The striking new building on the main University frontage opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday 27 May.

Key features of the building include low energy lighting, a green rooftop garden – with beehives, and solar panels on the roof.  Coupled with light and airy spaces, modern furniture and comfortable seating areas the new library is contributing to the University’s desire to deliver a positive experience for students, staff and visitors.

The new library offers open desks, private booths, soft armchair seating and high benches. There are quieter areas on the upper floors, bookable group rooms, study rooms for disabled students and a Skills zone for drop-ins and workshops.

Renowned sculptor Simon Fugiwara was commissioned to create a new artwork and his ‘Spire’ piece, designed to signify Leeds shift from a city of 100 chimneys to post globalised urbanism, now sits proudly on view outside the new Library.


Find out more about the Laidlaw Library.