First look at the new LUBS building on Cloberry Street

The LUBS Expansion project is a three-phase multi-million pound investment to improve and develop the Leeds University Business School.

Phase three is the construction of a new multi-storey teaching facility on Cloberry Street that will be shared by the Business School, School of Law and central teaching space. The features of the new build will include a new Trading Room, flexible teaching areas and Behavioural Laboratories.

DLA Designs has created a fly through of what the building will look like.

The work is due to be completed in Autumn 2021.

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Montague Bedroom

Refurbishment of Montague Burton Halls of Residence complete

The project that began in March 2016 to create larger accommodation blocks and a social space at Montague Burton was completed in Autumn 2018. 

The new accommodation layout offers a number of nine bedroom flats with a kitchen, dining room, lounge, three showers, and three toilets as well as a four bedroom flats with kitchen, dining room/lounge with a shower and toilet.

A key objective of the refurbishment at Montague Burton was to improve communal space across the entire site. By re-designing the layout of each flat, we were able to provide our residents with dedicated areas to come together, both socially and academically further enhancing their student experience. The project will culminate in the summer of 2019 with the construction of a social hub creating a centralised meeting space for all residents of Montague Burton.

The new social hub is in the centre of the of the complex and opens onto the barbeque area and has a table tennis table and gym equipment.

This refurbishment project will enhance the student experience with its improved social spaces.


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School of Healthcare Refurbishment

The £1.6M investment to upgrade academic and teaching-led research space in the School of Healthcare has been completed. 

The dymanic programme included:

  • Expanding and relocating the PhD facilities;
  • Refurbishing current facilities;
  • Creating a vibrant research environment;
  • Developing a new central hub for the Student Education Service;
  • Expanding clinical facilities.

These new facilities will enable increased research activity and provide excellent student education and experience.




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Priestley centre

Priestley Centre is open

This autumn the new collaborative space for the Priestley International Centre for Climate opened. 

The exciting £7.5M project to develop the School of Earth and Environment and create the new Priestley Centre has now been completed.

This project involved transforming the former ground level car park into a new ground floor of the building as well as refurbishing the upper floors, thereby creating new multi–disciplinary meeting and teaching spaces for staff and PhD students.


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Bragg Artwork Building

New eye-catching scientific sculpture

A dramatic sculpture honouring revolutionary science will be in a prominent position on the side of the new Engineering and Physical Sciences development.

The two-storey artwork by Sara Barker has been granted approval by Leeds City Council planning department. The sculpture will feature on the outside of the Sir William Henry Bragg Building, which is under construction in Woodhouse Lane. It honours Sir William’s pioneering research in developing X-ray crystallography at the University in the early 20th century. Bragg and his son Lawrence were awarded the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work. Within the sculpture lies symbolism that alludes to the Bragg equation, which explains the relationship between X-rays directed onto a crystal and their diffraction from the crystal, allowing the atomic structure of materials to be investigated. Parts of the sculpture will be finished with iridescent paint which refracts light rather than creating colour by pigment, so it changes colour as viewed from different angles. This type of iridescent paint was developed by Professor Helen Gleeson, the current Cavendish Professor of Physics at Leeds – the same position held by Bragg in his day.

The new building is due to open in late summer 2020. The dramatic sculpture reflects the University’s ambition to deliver a step change in the research activity in engineering and physical sciences, to enhance a culture of multi-disciplinary working, and support significant advances in our understanding of the physical world. The artwork physically refuses to be pinned down by media, sitting between the qualities of drawing, collage, textile, painting, and sculpture. It draws our eye to shapes and symbols suspended in a delicately woven metal tableau.

Sara Barker said: “I want the sculptural language to shout out to the powerful advances happening in the physical sciences at the University, and also to the rich history of the University in its broadest sense, for the sculpture to reveal itself over time and become part of the fabric of the building. I hope the forms found in the sculpture provoke questions, as people discover the scientific lettering of Bragg’s famous equation, and also a more patterned and playful narrative of molecular and textile and crystallographic structure. But frankly, this is an artwork and it has to be captivating on a level we can’t articulate, and as an artist, the moment of truth is in seeing ideas thought through by hand in the studio, tactile and intimate, forcibly evolve into the monumental and concrete.”

Dr Jim Young, Programme Director for the building at the University of Leeds says: “We are extremely pleased with the news that this beautiful artwork has received planning permission from the city council. It is a unique and intelligent piece of art and I look forward to seeing it in all its glory.”

Sara Barker was born in Manchester in 1980. She was educated at Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow. Significant solo exhibitions include The faces of older images, Mary Mary, Glasgow (2017), a weak spot in the earth, The Approach, London (2017)  CHANGE-THE-SETTING, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2016). Past commissions include Last of Light (3 needles) Angel Court Piazza, London (2017), warp- and weft-, CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex (2015). She will also be working with Leeds Art Gallery (2020) to coincide with the new commission at the University.


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Roger Stevens Cooling Pond

Exciting improvement plans for the Roger Stevens Cooling Pond

Work has begun at the Roger Stevens cooling pond as part of a multi-disciplinary University project, that will not only visually enhance the landscape outside the Roger Stevens Building, but will also provide research led teaching opportunities for our students.

This innovative project has been led by Estates Services and has involved The Leeds Living Lab, in collaboration with colleagues from University–wide departments including, Sustainability, and Schools of Biology, Geography and Civil Engineering. Teams worked together to co-create a solution for the Roger Stevens pond that enhances amenity value, enhances biodiversity, improves natural water quality, reduces operational cost and provides an innovative space for interdisciplinary, research-led teaching.

The installation of sensors within the pool will also provide live data on water quality and a variety of environmental parameters, this will be made available to staff and students for teaching and research use.


Leonard Wilson, Deputy Director for Estates Services commented:“The scheme has been designed to create an extra ‘green’ dimension to this part of the campus and help biodiversity in the area. Once the planting has been established and the neutrality of the water is in balance, it is also hoped to introduce fish to the pond.The duck house will also continue to remain at the pond side, and we envisage they too will benefit from the new improved environment.  This year we had two broods, which have now flown south, but we look forward to welcoming them back in the spring when the pool will be more established and flourishing.”

The Leeds Living Lab drives the University’s commitment to embedding sustainability through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation. It brings together students, academic and operational staff to research and test sustainable solutions, enhance our curriculum and solve real world challenges using the University as a test-bed.

A Living Lab Placement Student in the School of Biology, will ensure that staff and students can access to data for teaching and research use. It also seeks to be a centre of academic research such as a recently started study into the effects of the water body on the heat island effect of the surrounding architecture.

With connections to Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching modules in all the Schools involved, the collaborative approach has sought to ensure the pond can meet the demands of student assessed projects, field practice and dissertations whilst also delivering an innovative, sustainable solution as part of the University Landscape Strategy.


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LUBS artists impression May 2018

New images of multi-million pound LUBS investment

Artist’s impressions have been released to show how the multi-million pound investment in Leeds University Business School (LUBS) will look when finished.

Phase one of the scheme – the refurbishment of teaching areas in Charles Thackrah building, with the addition of a new café – has been successfully completed.

The three-phase scheme commenced early this year and includes the construction of a new building in Mount Preston Street, adjacent to Bright Beginning Nursery. This will provide additional central teaching space, specifically four flat-floor teaching rooms, with a capacity for 100 people, and four teaching rooms, each providing capacity for 36 people.

This building, which forms phase two of the development, is expected to be completed in time for the start of the new academic year in October.

The final phase will be finished by the summer of 2020, following the construction of a new multi-storey teaching facility in Cloberry Street, shared by LUBS, the School of Law, the School of Languages and Central Teaching Space. Prominent features of the building, including a new Trading Room, teaching areas and Behavioural Laboratories, will provide more flexible and innovative ways of teaching.


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Vernon Road will re-open 6am on Monday 9 July. Essential work will be complete and all routes open as usual.

Date of disruption: Monday 4 June – Friday 6 July

Essential work will take place on Vernon Road to divert a brick culvert into the drainage system for Nexus. This work is part of the two-year, £38m investment scheme to construct Nexus; a new enterprise centre.

Services to be interrupted:
There will be no access to the Multi-storey car park from Woodhouse Lane between Monday 4 June and Friday 6 July 2018. Access will only be possible during this time via Calverley Street and Willow Terrace Road,  over the inner ring road bridge. As an alternative, the Estates Service have acquired space at Woodhouse Moor for Permit holders to park on Woodhouse Cinder Moor on the following dates (8am – 6pm). This will be manned by Security staff from 8am – 5pm.

● 4th – 8th June
● 11th, 12th, 14th June
● 18th – 22nd June

We hope that after the first 3 weeks, access to exit the Multi-Storey Car Park can be re-routed under the Physics Deck, although this is subject to the contractor works. We will inform Permit holders when this route becomes available to use.  The Estates Service have also arranged for the traffic light sequencing on Calverley Street to be modified during this period to further improve traffic circulation. HGV deliveries will also be affected due to the weak bridge crossing the Inner Ring Road at Calverley St / Willow Terrace Road, which has a weight restriction of 7.5 tonnes.

Vernon Road Closure – Alternative Route and Parking option for Permit holders


For enquiries please contact: Paul Cook

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 345555 or email:


Thank you for your cooperation and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Michael Sadler Building Disruption: 17 March for six-weeks

Date of disruption: Saturday 17 March for a six-week period

Engie, the contractor employed by the University and NHS Trust to fit out the Generating Station Complex (GSC), will be digging a trench from the footpath between Social Sciences and the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building around Michael Sadler Building to the corner of Baines Wing – this is to lay ducts to allow the installation of new electrical cables. The trench work will start on Saturday 17 March 2018 for a six-week period.

Services to be interrupted: External access disruption, local digging noise, and local road traffic management.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants: Potential local digging noise and access disruption.

Information for disabled staff and students: The automatic single side door to Michael Sadler will be closed for four weekends, 17/18 March, 24/25 March, 30/1 April, and 7/8 April. Unfortunately this severely restricts disabled access.

For alternative entry to the Michael Sadler building, enter Baines Wing via the main entrance (automatic doors), then:

– Travel up the ramp past the reception area and turn right
– Continue along the corridor and up the ramp, following signs to Parkinson Court
– When you reach the doorway at the end of the corridor, turn right into another corridor, away from Parkinson Court.
– Go through two sets of automatic doors, towards Philosophy
– As you enter Philosophy (end of the corridor), take the automatic door to the right and then turn right.
– You are now on the ground floor of Michael Sadler and can navigate to the accessible lifts further along the corridor (automatic doors in between).

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Please bear with us as we continue to progress these essential works.

For enquiries please contact: Simon Gough

Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 6988 / 07913 900088

If the above member of staff is unavailable, you have any general queries about our services or would like to add or remove a person from this email list, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 0113 343 5555 or e-mail


Thank you for your cooperation and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Information event: Sir William Henry Bragg Building

Date: Wednesday 21 March
Time:  2-4pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre G35, School of Chemistry

This information event is of a general nature and aimed at all staff and students across the University. Please click here to book your place.

As part of the University’s continuing investment in the campus, a new building – the Sir William Henry Bragg Building – is being built situated between the Schools of Chemistry and Electronic & Electrical Engineering on the northeast side of the campus.

Construction starts in late May 2018 and the new building will be completed in summer 2020.

This is a hugely important and exciting development for the University and we’re keen to inform and update you on the plans and progress to date and answer any questions you may have.  

The £96 million building is the largest single investment to date in the University’s estate and will become home to the Schools of Computing and Physics & Astronomy, with direct links to the School of Chemistry and Faculty of Engineering, forming an integrated campus of engineering and physical sciences.

The Sir William Henry Bragg Building will provide an exceptional environment for collaborative research, with high specification laboratories and facilities, and enhanced teaching space.

The building will also incorporate the Bragg Centre for Materials Research which will bring together researchers from schools across the University campus and beyond to create an environment that will foster ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research to accelerate impact on society.

If you have any further enquiries please contact