Awards recognition for University buildings

Two University buildings – the Edward Boyle Library and the Institute for Transport Studies – have been recognised for the contribution they make to the landscape design of Leeds.

The Edward Boyle Library was a winner at the 2019 Leeds Architecture Awards

Edward Boyle Library wins an accolade at the 2019 Leeds Architecture Awards. March 2019

The Edward Boyle Library was announced as the winner in the Conserved Building category at the 2019 Leeds Architecture Awards.

Judges said: “The University showed a forensic approach to upgrading an icon, comprising the removal of insensitive additions and integration of modern building environment control systems. 

“The re-presented building delivers a state-of-the-art library and once again reveals the design strength and original concepts of the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon campus buildings that are such an asset to the University.”

The Edward Boyle Library was completely refurbished in 2017, and is now a modernised information hub at the heart of campus. It provides a dedicated rich IT environment and learning space to more than 2,000 students, as well as being the location for the very popular Edit Room café.  

The Institute of Transport Studies building was highly commended in the Altered Buildings category. Judges said: “This project was a clever response to a very complicated site involving old and new, changing scales of buildings, varied street alignments ‘setback’ with a careful choice of materials.”

The restoration project was completed in 2016, and created a modern environment for staff, students and industry partners, while significantly contributing to the Institute’s ambition to further develop as a hub for interdisciplinary learning.

Steve Gilley, Director or Estates, said: “We are delighted with the outcome at this year’s Leeds Architecture Awards.  

“To win an award and be highly commended for our work, amongst such a competitive field of shortlisted candidates, is to be celebrated. I’d like to commend all the teams, both internally and externally, who were involved in these projects. The awards are testament to the University’s commitment to creating a campus for the future and making a positive contribution to the needs of the City, our students, staff and visitors.”

Visit the Campus Developments website for further information about the University’s ambitious plans to deliver a campus for the future.

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