News about all Campus Masterplan projects

£3.5m for Access Works to Campus

A £3.5m equality access improvements programme will commence this year.  

Access to areas in and around campus matters to all not least disabled students and staff. We remain committed to improving accessibility on campus and produce Access News which provides a roundup of our work in this area.

This summer a significant investment will take place to further improve equality access amongst areas on campus. The £3.5m access works programme, commencing this summer and expected for completion by 2019, includes a detailed maintenance and external environments work programme and will  address issues such as improving way-finding signage, improvements to ramps and some new ramps to replace steps; the provision of new and more accessible pathways and parking bays. Work will also take place to improve access to the Parkinson Building.

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Demolition of Estate building paves way for new project

The construction site for the integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences is now firmly in place. Demolition work on the site is now complete and involved removing the Estates building, Plumbers and Locksmiths workshops and the larger building ‘old boiler house’.

The planning permission and List Building Consent applications were submitted on the 1st June. Next steps will be the second stage of the tender process for the construction work, this runs from June to November. The successful contractor is expected to start on site February 2018.

View the demolition video

 

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Lecture theatre transformation success

It’s official, there has been a significant improvement in user experience amongst our students following the innovative transformation of three lecture theatres last summer.

The £2.8m innovative, sector leading redesign of Dental LT, Mechanical Engineering LT B and Roger Stevens LT 8 completed last summer allowing for a full year of teaching to be delivered this year. The work undertaken saw the physical redevelopment of the lecture theatre spaces to allow group discussion alongside the use of installed technology for group work, interaction, communication and recording.

Students were surveyed before and after the transformation with regards to how satisfied they were with the lecture theatres, how comfortable they found the writing surfaces, how conducive the room was for group study, how satisfied they were with AV and IT provision and how well the lecture theatre lends itself to group work.

The fantastic results showed our students love the facilities, with overwhelming satisfaction scores above 80% for each of these areas.

Some students feedback comments included:

“Great for group work”

“It is much better and comfier”

“We need more lecture theatres like this”

Satisfaction scores

Dental Lecture Theatre

29.4

percentage points higher

52.1% (2016)  –  81.5% (2017 )

Roger Stevens 8

20.5

percentage points higher

64.5% (2016) – 85% (2017)

Mechanical Engineering Lecture Theatre B

20.1

percentage points higher

67.2% (2016) – 87.3% (2017)

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning at the University commented:

“Through the transformation of our spaces we have been able to establish the strong pedagogy that we were trying to achieve. The collaborative spaces, with desk based technology which is innovative, enables students to work collaboratively through digital means and enriches their learning experiences.

This first year we have seen a number of the staff undertake the type of teaching they’ve wanted to do for many years but haven’t been able to because of the configuration of the space. The impact is huge for teachers as they are actually able to do the teaching that they want to do and from that comes the positive student satisfaction figures that we’ve seen from our survey.”

 

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New look Theatre

Closure of lift on Level 6 in EC Stoner

From Friday 2 June until Friday 27 October 2017 we will be refurbishing the area between rooms 6.74a to 6.62 on Level 6, to form the new IT Cluster.

As part of the work this means there will be no access to lift 48 on Level 6. This lift will travel between Level 7 – Level 11 only, during the construction period.

This work is to accommodate the planned £7.5m investment for the School of Earth and Environment to create multi–disciplinary meeting and teaching spaces for staff and PhD students.

For staff, students and visitors this will mean:

  • Using alternative lifts 46 and 181, as indicated on the map.
  • Using the most accessible route from the south side/MSCP which would be to enter Roger Stevens via the ramp at L7, take the lift to L10 Red Route and make your way to EC Stoner to use one of the lifts (46, 48 and 181) to get to your place of work.
  • Please note that Lift 181 is only accessible from L7

Read full lift notice (opens new PDF)

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

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Paul Cook on p.s.cook@leeds.ac.uk or the Estates Helpdesk on 0113 34 35491

 

New Brownlee Centre and Cycle Circuit complete

The ten-month, £5m investment is complete at the University’s Bodington Playing Fields in North Leeds. The new 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit is one of the longest in the country and sits alongside the Brownlee Centre; the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training base, providing the first permanent home for the world-class Leeds Triathlon Centre.

Adrian Smith, Estates Project Manager said about the project:

“This has been a unique opportunity and project for Estate Services to deliver. Geo Houlton & Sons Ltd, the contractor have been very dedicated in delivering an exceptional result for the university. Throughout it all we have worked closely with the client to ensure we fully interpreted their requirements. It’s been incredibly exciting working on this project and on behalf of Estates Services we are delighted that this new facility really strengthens the sports facility provision at Leeds.”

Construction Director Dave Padden said: 

“Houlton were very excited to be involved in this project. The scheme offers students first class, state of the art facilities as well as continuing to provide grass roots sports in the wider community.

For us, the fact that Houlton, a long established company with a tradition of providing investment and opportunity for its own staff, were given the opportunity to be associated with the investment, the University and its partners have made to develop aspiring athletes of the future as well as existing Elite athletes, makes us immensely proud”

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Investing further in our Central Teaching Spaces!

We will be investing a further £2m into our Central Teaching Spaces this summer. 19 lecture theatres and seminar rooms within the Roger Stevens, Chemistry and Michael Sadler buildings will undergo refurbishment to create modernised and inspiring places for our students to be taught in.

The project will be led by the Facilities Services Team and is set to be complete in time for the start of the autumn term. Works include the replacement of AV & IT as well as a general refresh of the spaces.

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£4.4m investment in the School of Design

Plans to refurbish and significantly improve the home of the School of Design will commence in May.

The £4.4m investment, to reinvigorate spaces within the Clothworkers South building, is part of the School’s Colour Imaging Project. Various spaces across all floors of the building will undergo maintenance and refurbishment. New laboratories, exhibition areas and student spaces will be created.

 

The building will house state of the art research facilities focused on 3D Weaving, Creative and Technical Digital Print, Sustainability and Colour.

To minimise the disruption to students during the busy exam period, a significant amount of work is programmed to take place during the summer break.

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Vernon Road closure update

A one-way diversion will be in place daily from 4pm to 7pm to alleviate congestion.

We have seen that there has been a considerable amount of congestion around the multi-storey car park and Willow Terrace, resulting in colleagues experiencing delays to their journey to and from the University.

 This has been due to the closure of Vernon Road whilst emergency work takes place until the 15th May.  The work involves repair work to an old Victorian brick culvert adjacent to the Multi-Storey car park and also the diversion of a gas main that enters EC Stoner but currently crosses under the Nexus building site.

 To alleviate the congestion on Campus, from tomorrow 27th April, we will be putting in place an alternative one-way diversion during the hours of 4pm to 7pm only. Please note that this route will not be accessible during the morning and current traffic restrictions will remain in place. 

 The afternoon diversion will take traffic along Finsbury Road, which goes under the EC Stoner building arch and under physics Deck, back onto Vernon Road leading up to the Woodhouse Lane main entrance. Due to the complex nature of this route, the junctions around this area will require marshalling to ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers.

 We apologise once again for the inconvenience being caused and would like to thank all colleagues for their continued patience at this time.

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