Building a campus for the future

The University’s commitment to delivering world-leading research and exceptional student education and experience continues to manifest itself in an ambitious plan to deliver a campus for the future.

Investing in our facilities to achieve our vision remains a high priority for the University, and as some of our bigger investments near completion in 2019, it’s a great time for staff and students to be at Leeds. 

Featured here is a timeline of key campus development projects and anticipated completion dates. 

Priestley Building. November 2018Priestley Building – Completed 

The investment at the School of Earth and Environment has created multi–disciplinary meeting and teaching spaces for staff and PhD students. A new collaborative space for the Priestley International Centre for Climate marks the establishment of both the Priestley Centre research platform and a Leeds Met Office Joint Research Unit.

Faculty of Biological Sciences’ new build laboratory. November 2018Faculty of Biological Sciences’ new build laboratory – Completed

A new two-storey laboratory building will host teaching from January 2019. Following this, in Early Spring, an 18-month project to refurbish areas in the existing Garstang and Astbury buildings will begin. The investment and improvements will continue driving forward the growth of research income and create a new, flexible model for open laboratory and office environments, facilitating collaborative working. 

Nexus development. November 2018Nexus – Early 2019

Situated on ‘Discovery Way’, a major new pedestrian entrance to the University campus from Woodhouse Lane, Nexus is spread across six floors and will be a hub for the growing innovation community in Leeds. Nexus will seamlessly connect businesses to the academic expertise, talent and facilities across the University.

A digital representation of what the new external lift outside the Parkinson Building will look like. October 2018Parkinson Building improvements works – May 2019

The Parkinson steps have been an iconic gateway to the University since the building’s opening in 1951. This project involves upgrading the steps and handrails, together with the installation of an external lift, making it possible for wheelchair users to enter the building using the main entrance.

Artist's impression of new LUBS buildings May 2018Leeds University Business School, Phase 2, Newlyn Building – Spring 2019

Construction of major new central teaching facilities supporting the success and growth of Leeds University Business School (LUBS) and the School of Law is underway. A multi-million investment scheme at Mount Preston Street will provide additional central teaching space, specifically four flat-floor teaching rooms, with a capacity for 100 people, and four further teaching rooms, each with a capacity for 36 people.

The Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research in Bradford. November 2018The Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research – Summer 2019   

The Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research in Bradford is a collaborative partnership between the Universities of Leeds and Bradford and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, it will house research teams focussing on the improvement of health and wellbeing of children and the elderly, as well as the safety of patients in hospitals and clinics.

Language Centre Refurbishment October 2018Language Centre refurbishment – Autumn 2019

Located in the historic Parkinson Building, the Centre will undergo a significant transformation, creating state-of-the-art teaching facilities for students and space for staff.

New LUBS building in Clobbery Street. November 2018LUBS, Phase 3, Cloberry Street – Autumn 2019

Pending legal agreement, planning has now been granted for this major new teaching building, to be shared by LUBS, the School of Law and the School of Languages and Central Teaching Space. The project will also encompass major changes to the adjacent highways, to rationalise traffic flows and improve the local environment for pedestrians and cyclists. 

CIEL SPEN Farm improvements. November 2018The CIEL SPEN Farm improvements – Summer 2019

The University is investing in new facilities to carry out research into nutrition, production, behaviour and welfare for pigs. It will position Yorkshire as one of the leading regions in Europe for this research, thanks to this significant investment by the University and the Government.

An artist's impression of the new Bragg Building

Sir William Henry Bragg Building – Autumn 2020

Construction is well underway for the Sir William Henry Bragg Building. The facility will include first-class laboratory and specialised teaching spaces, enabling cutting-edge research and outstanding student experience whilst enhancing the University’s research power and strengthening collaboration with industry.

Details of all projects can be found on the Campus Developments website or email the Estates team for further information.

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