2016 year in review

Campus Developments in 2016

As the year draws to an end we take a look back on how campus has changed in the space of just 12 months.

The development of our estate and infrastructure remains a key factor in the University‘s ability to achieve its strategic goals. This sustained period of change and improvement is enabling us to respond to new challenges and opportunities to underpin our future success.

Major schemes completed in 2016


Large schemes progressed well

A number of large investment schemes have also seen part project completion during 2016 and have included the handover of two thirds of the Edward Boyle Library in autumn. A sizeable proportion of the School of Chemical and Process Engineering refurbishment has completed alongside the completion of Level 11 of the Worsley Building also including the opening of PURE café.

Art on Campus

In 2016 a number of significant artworks including some newly commissioned, restored and acquired on long-term loan arrived on campus, contributing to our vision of creating an inspirational campus.

We welcomed back one of the largest pieces of art – Untitled Bas-Relief, an aluminium sculpture by Hubert Dalwood. The work originally adorned the University’s Bodington Hall of residence. It has now been installed in a new home on the stage@leeds building.

Nearby is Dual Form by the great British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, on loan for five years from the Leeds Art Gallery.

Find out more about the Leeds University Union project.


The big stories of 2016…

stbury Biostructure Laboratory microscope

£17m investment ensures Leeds remains at the forefront of research

A £17m investment in the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory has now been completed and will allow the University to remain at the forefront of research in the dynamics of cell structures and their ability to modify and treat disease. 

The investment work has comprised of the refurbishment of rooms and spaces to accommodate transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipment and the Krios Electron Microscopes.

The scheme involved the formation of five transmission electron microscopy rooms, one scanning electron microscope room, freezing room, tissue culture room, preparation areas, control room office, ancillary corridors and plant rooms.

The newly refurbished space will also be home to two Titan Krios cryo transmission electron microscopes.

This is the most powerful high-resolution electron microscope for 2D and 3D characterisation of protein structures and protein complexes. This investment gives the University the flexibility to conduct, not only its own structural biology research, but also to build collaborations with researchers at other universities and institutions.

Mark Lines, Estates Project Manager commented on the scheme: “This has been a significant investment to transform the facility and bring to life the Department’s ambition to build on the Astbury Centre’s brand – which is to be competitive with the best in Europe and worldwide. We have worked very closely with the client to ensure we were able to meet their needs throughout the project”.


Find out more about the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory.


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