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Architectural awards wins

Earlier this month, three University of Leeds projects were highly commended for their architectural prowess at the 26th Leeds architecture awards.

  • The installation of the untitled Bas-Relief sculpture on the side of the Stage@Leeds was highly commended in the public realm and landscape design category. Bodington Hall’s architects, Jones and Stocks, subcontracted Hubert Dalwood to create the frieze for the hall’s refectory block in 1961. The sculpture was saved and moved to Stage@Leeds and refurbished in spring 2016.
  • The Laidlaw Library received a commendation in the New Building Category.
  • The Multi–Storey Car Park was highly commended in the Young People’s Review category.

The prestigious awards recognise the contribution building and landscape design makes to the city. Nearly 80 nominations were received over 7 categories for the awards, with further honours given in the People’s Choice and Young People’s awards.

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University of Leeds shortlisted in the Leeds Architecture Awards

A number of building projects at the University of Leeds have been shortlisted for the 2016 Leeds Architecture Awards. 

Organised by Leeds City Council and Leeds Chamber Property Forum the awards were set up to promote and show case best practice in architecture and design in the city. The 2016 Leeds Architecture Awards look set to be the biggest and best yet; with nearly 80 nominations over seven categories.

The University shortlisted schemes are:

  • ‘A Spire’, and ‘Untitled Bas-Relief’ pieces of art shortlisted in the best public art and landscape design category.
  • Edward Boyle Library, shortlisted in the category for the best conserved building, focusing on restoration of historic buildings; altered buildings, celebrating new uses for existing buildings;
  • The Laidlaw Library, shortlisted in the best new building, covering completely new developments in the city category.
  • University of Leeds Multi-storey car park, shortlisted in the best new building and innovation categories.

The winners will be announced in March 2017.

For more details visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Business/Pages/Leeds-Architecture-Awards-2016.aspx

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Laidlaw Library receives national RIBA award

The University of Leeds, Laidlaw Library has won RIBA architecture awards, in recognition of architectural excellence both at a national and regional level.

The Laidlaw Library, recognised for its striking and elegant exterior has become a popular destination for University students. The contemporary design sits elegantly alongside the historic campus backdrop, whilst providing excellent connectivity between campus and the City Centre.

Steve Gilley, Head of Estate, University of Leeds commented:

“We are delighted that the Laidlaw Library has won prestigious RIBA awards regionally and nationally. We aspired for an iconic, contemporary design, a building that would complement the campus whilst providing an inspirational learning environment for our students. Its striking exterior draws people into the building and as a result has proved to be an incredibly popular building with our staff and students.

The University of Leeds is currently investing £520m to create a world class campus – this respected award signifies that we are also well on our way to an outstanding architectural campus.”

Lord Laidlaw, whose £9m gift for the building is the biggest ever received by the University, said:

“As soon as I saw the architects’ plans for the Laidlaw Library, I was impressed by the design – and I am even more delighted to see how it has taken shape. I am proud to have been able to support the creation of such an attractive building which, most importantly, provides such a wonderful environment for student work and study.”

Read our winning entry for the Laidlaw Library.

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One year anniversary of the Laidlaw Library

Since its opening in May 2015, the Laidlaw, described as the jewel of campus by regional media, has received an overwhelming take up by staff and students. Its outstanding architectural excellence also received due recognition when it won a RIBA Yorkshire Award 2016 and a highly commended award in the Design and Innovation category at The RICS Y&H Awards earlier this month.

The building was named after Irvine Laidlaw, who studied economics at Leeds in the 1960’s, and whose £9m gift for the project is the biggest ever received by the University.

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Laidlaw Library highly commended for design and innovation

The Laidlaw Library has been highly commended for its design and innovation in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Yorkshire and Humber Awards.

The prestigious event took place in Harrogate, where Yorkshire and Humber’s most inspiring and community beneficial schemes battled it out for the top honours.

The Laidlaw Library, which highly impressed the judges, was a worthy runner up to the University of Sheffield’s Diamond Building – crowned the winner of the Design through Innovation Category.

Steve Gilley, director of estates at the University of Leeds commented:

“On behalf of the University of Leeds, it’s an immense pleasure to accept this award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. The Laidlaw Library is an iconic building for many reasons, it’s elegantly designed, it is a low energy building that is highly sustainable, it fits within the historic campus surroundings, but most importantly it has proved to be a very popular 21st century learning space for our students.”

ADP director, Joe Morgan, commented:

“The Laidlaw library is the result of a holistic design approach that has created an energy efficient building that successfully responds to its context and the wellbeing of the end user.”

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Laidlaw Library wins RIBA Award

The University of Leeds, Laidlaw Library has won a RIBA architecture award, in recognition of architectural excellence.

The Laidlaw Library was one of six outstanding winning buildings announced at the prestigious Yorkshire awards evening last night. Recognised for its striking and elegant exterior, the new library has become a popular destination for University students. The contemporary design sits elegantly alongside the historic campus backdrop, whilst providing excellent connectivity between campus and the City Centre.

Steve Gilley, Head of Estate Services, University of Leeds commented:

“We are delighted that the Laidlaw Library has won a prestigious RIBA award. We aspired for an iconic, contemporary design, a building that would complement the campus whilst providing an inspirational learning environment for our students. Its striking exterior draws people into the building and as a result has proved to be an incredibly popular building with our staff and students.

The University of Leeds is currently investing £520m to create a world class campus -this prestigious award signifies that we are also well on our way to an outstanding architectural campus.”

Find out more about the Laidlaw Library project

Read the Laidlaw Library winning entry on architecture.com

 

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University of Leeds shortlisted for Architectural Awards

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

 

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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.

 

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