Laidlaw library

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.

Find out more about the Laidlaw Library project