We asked and you switched off!

Bank Holiday Shutdown

Every university shut down period we ask you to switch off all unnecessary lights and equipment and ensure all windows are closed to help us meet our carbon reduction targets and reduce costs to the university.

On Easter Sunday 2019 the university managed to consume 1,833 kWh less electricity than on Easter Sunday the previous year. That reduction alone is enough energy to power the Parkinson Building for a whole 24 hours on a normal working day!

With the nice weather and another Bank holiday fast approaching, you can help by making sure that windows are not open with the air conditioning running and before you leave for the 4 day bank holiday weekend:

  • Switch off lights and close all windows
  • Ensure that as much lab equipment as possible is turned off before you leave – drying cabinets and incubators etc.
  • Check IT equipment including screens and projectors

We understand that some equipment is required to maintain safety or is being used for research purposes and therefore needs to remain on. However, any equipment that is not affected by this, and can be turned off, will help us meet our carbon reduction targets and reduce costs to the University.

Leaving the air conditioning on in an office for one extra hour a day uses enough energy in a month to power a television continuously for a year! And by opening a window when the air conditioning is already running affects the cooling efficiency and puts additional stress on the machine as the open window lets the warm air inside!

Thank you for your support!

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Land Deal for Research and Technology Facility

University of Leeds acquires key gateway 45 plot to host large-scale research and experimental facilities.

The facility will be home to the University’s Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration, to be co-located with planned HS2 Rolling Stock Depot to create a ‘thriving hub’ for future engineers

Aire Valley Land LLP, the joint venture between Harworth Group plc and Evans Property Group, has sold the 10-acre ‘North
plot’ at its Gateway 45 Leeds development to the University of Leeds to create space to collaborate with industry on major research initiatives.

Its co-location with HS2’s intended Phase 2b Rolling Stock Depot on the Gateway 45 site – a facility that will enable 24-hour maintenance of the brand new high-speed trains, set to deliver faster journeys for passengers on the East Coast mainline – is considered essential to the success of both facilities. The equipment, facilities and expertise within the Institute will create a UK centre of excellence, equipped to lead on the research and development needs for global industry partners including advanced technology development and testing, digital engineering and transport policy and economics.

Taken together, both of these facilities will make Leeds and the region a global centre for advanced rail and high speed technology, further strengthening the Leeds City Region economy. The Institute of High Speed Rail Technology and System Integration is expected to attract significant inward investment and jobs to Leeds City Region, with the Rolling Stock Depot also expected to create up to 125 skilled jobs in building on HS2’s commitment to create more than 100,000 new jobs and 2,000 apprentices.

They position Leeds City Region as a global centre for high speed rail research and development.

Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds, said:
“The new advanced testing facilities as part of the University’s Institute, alongside HS2’s new rolling stock depot, are a significant step forward for UK high speed rail capability. They position Leeds City Region as a global centre for high speed rail research and development, so we’re working closely with HS2 to ensure our facilities align with its needs and those of industry, so all sides can deliver for the country.”

The Gateway 45 is adjacent to Junction 45 of the M1 that extends to 166 acres and has outline planning consent for 2.64 million sq ft of commercial space. Aire Valley Land LLP has set spent the past four years preparing the site for development, including completing a £7.5 million infrastructure and ground works programme for the entire site using a loan facility from the Leeds City Region. Leeds City Council opened its 1,000 space Park & Ride facility at the site in June 2017, providing commuters with a 15 minute bus link to Leeds City Centre. Aire Valley will also be promoting the remaining plots for a range of commercial uses, including manufacturing and logistics.

James Pitt, Development Director at Evans Property Group, commented: “The University of Leeds is exactly the sort of high-value occupier we envisaged when we originally masterplanned Gateway 45. AVL LLP’s focus now is supporting the University to get on-site as quickly as possible in order for the benefits of their world-class facility to rapidly come forward.”

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Nexus is open for business

In August 2016, work began on the Nexus project. A £38M pound investment to connect business to the expertise and talent at the University of Leeds.

Since then you may have watched our live feed of the Nexus building site, or seen one of our updates or more recently walked past it along Discovery Way. Now you can see inside!

Nexus has an exhibition space, a business lounge, 120-seat lecture theatre, four seminar spaces, 12 meeting rooms, 12 lab spaces, 8 of which are category 2, 60 offices spaces and a Great Food at Leeds café: Affine! Already they have secured a major tenant, Thought Beanie, and with facilities like this, we expect to attract more businesses.

For more information or to speak to a member of the team visit nexusleeds.co.uk

Take a look at the time-lapse below to see the construction of Nexus.

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Our campus and buildings are managed by Customer focused teams!

We are delighted to announce that not only are our buildings award winning but so are the teams who work to maintain them as excellent facilities.  University Commercial and Campus Support Services (CCSS) have achieved Customer Service Excellence ®, a government standard that recognises an organisation’s commitment to putting customers first.

CCSS, which comprises of Security, Sport and Physical Activity, Cleaning, Catering, Conferencing and Events, Print & Copy Bureau and Mailroom, and Facilities Support Services, is vital to supporting the University campus, it’s buildings, and students, and was particularly praised by the accreditation assessor for achieving “eight Compliance Plus awards,– an amazing achievement for a first assessment!”

As a group of Services, CCSS has an absolute commitment and aspiration that anyone who comes into contact with the services it delivers will receive an excellent and memorable customer experience. This accreditation was chosen as it offered an opportunity to further enhance a structured approach to customer service and to independently test the quality of service delivery.

Stewart Ross, Director of CCSS commented: “I am delighted that we have achieved this important accreditation for six of the large professional services that comprise CCSS and particularly proud of the way the teams have worked together to share best practice and integrate a customer-led set of processes and systems. Thanks to all those staff involved in undertaking the preparatory work for the assessment, which was considerable, and all in CCSS for their ongoing commitment to making a difference to the experience of our University community on a daily basis.”

 

Read through the brochure that supported our accreditation

 

The Customer Service Excellence ® standard challenges organisations to examine their service in relation to 57 criteria that have been shown to influence customer satisfaction. CCSS achieved a significantly positive result, receiving ‘Compliance plus’ for eight standard criteria, the most criteria that any first time participating organisation, for this accreditation, has ever received.

The Service was praised for:

  • In-depth understanding of its current and potential customers
  • Customer insight about customer groups to better understand their needs and preferences
  • Particular efforts to identify hard-to-reach and disadvantaged groups and individuals
  • Reliable and accurate methods to measure customer satisfaction
  • Analysing and publicising satisfaction levels of its customers
  • Policies and procedures that support the right of all customers to expect excellence levels of service
  • Arrangements with other providers and partners to offer and supply coordinated services
  • Developed coordinated working arrangements with partners that ensure customers have clear lines of accountability for quality of service

Richard Hamilton, Customer Service Excellence Manager at Centre for Assessment commented: “Following well-coordinated preparations, CCSS at the University of Leeds was totally ready to complete its assessment against the national quality mark for excellence in customer service. This was a large project, requiring consistency across several diverse
services. The outcome has provided a great opportunity for CCSS to celebrate its excellent practice and respond positively to the areas identified for development. Working with CCSS has been a pleasure for the Centre for Assessment – many congratulations on your impressive achievement.”

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Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research – project update

The Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research project is due to be completed in Summer 2019. This is a collaborative partnership between the University of Leeds, University of Bradford and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The first floor plastering, mist coating, raised access flooring, radiators, and floor boxes have already been completed. In March works will start to connect water and electricity to the building and the East and South scaffolding will be removed and the cladding installation will be finished.

Facts and figures from August:

  • 750 tons of soil removed from site to date
  • 4100 hours of labour on site
  • 12000 bricks used on the project
  • 480 tea bags used
  • Ball-park 160m3 of concrete poured for foundations

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Large-scale research plans for engineering and technology

Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel has given the green light to support the University’s application to develop a site on the outskirts of Leeds that will host large-scale research and experimental facilities.

The facilities will provide space to collaborate with industry on major research initiatives, including large-scale experiments and testing in high speed rail and infrastructure materials.

The site will include the University’s new Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration, providing Leeds City Region with a major hub for high-speed rail innovation in track infrastructure and dynamics, rolling stock technology and system integration.

The Institute offers a ‘complete system’ approach to high speed rail engineering, creating an unrivalled centre of excellence for high speed rail planning, design, construction and manufacturing in the UK.

The proposed plans will co-locate the Institute with the confirmed home of the new HS2 depot at Gateway45 to the east of the city, which will maintain and service the brand new high speed trains.

The combination is already attracting significant interest from within the conventional and high speed rail sectors and their supply chains, ensuring the region benefits from the predicted economic growth from the HS2 project.

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The site will also include the University’s Centre for Infrastructure Materials, created to support one of the key foundations of the UK’s Industrial strategy. It will develop and test the long-term impact of changing conditions on the wide range of materials used to construct built environments around the world.

The Centre’s research will examine materials’ performance from the nano-scale through to life-sized structures, including accelerating the ageing process so that performance over 50 or 100 years can be simulated in months.

Researchers will look at materials that are widely used today, such as cement, concrete and steel, as well as materials of the future, such as alternative cements and bio-based plastics which require less energy and raw materials to produce.

“The development of both Nexus and these new facilities is a big boost to the region, complementing the Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy and positioning the Leeds City Region as a global Centre for technology development and inward investment potential.”

The site will also include capacity to develop other major research areas such as robotics.

The plans complement Nexus, the new centre for innovation located on the main campus, which enables businesses from all sectors to connect with the expertise, talent and facilities at the University of Leeds.

Professor Peter Jimack, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, said: “The development of both Nexus and these new facilities is a big boost to the region, complementing the Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy and positioning the Leeds City Region as a global Centre for technology development and inward investment potential.”

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Award win for our University buildings

We’re delighted to announce that two of our University buildings, Edward Boyle Library and the Institute for Transport Studies, have recently been recognised for the contribution they make to the building and landscape design of Leeds, at the 2019 Leeds Architecture Awards.

Edward Boyle Library was announced the winner in the Conserved Building category.

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.”

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 over 2000 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 students, staff and industry partners while significantly contributing to the Institute’s ambition to further develop as a hub for inter disciplinary learning.

Steve Gilley, Director or Estates commented:

“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.

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Award winning flooring in Clothworker’s Building South

Huge congratulations to Farrell and Clark Architects and Amtico who won in the Flooring category at the Architects Journal Specification Awards on Friday 15 February.

The flooring scheme was part of the School of Design refurbishment project that was completed in April 2018. Farrell and Clarke and Amtico worked together to minimise waste and to use colour coding as a means to help navigation. One judge remarked that ‘this team has taken it way beyond what you might expect and delivered a creative and innovative solution on a budget that wasn’t huge. The result is practical and hard-wearing and successfully reflects the ethos of the place.’

The result is practical and hard-wearing and successfully reflects the ethos of the place.

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Sir William Henry Bragg Building: Update

In January, our contractor, BAM, invited us up the crane at the Sir William Henry Bragg Building site to see how the project is progressing. Temporary foundation structural posts are in place and steelwork can now begin.

This £96m investment will create a culture of inter-disciplinary working. 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.

While we were up there we also captured some great shots of Leeds and campus in the winter sun!

 

 

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New Great Food At Leeds Café

LOMA Express is now open.

LOMA Express at the School of Dentistry is the little brother of LOMA. Located on level six of the Worsley building, the café will provide a range of grab and go food and drinks. Working collaboratively with the School of Dentistry, the café has been designed to meet the needs of the students with ample seating areas that can be used outside of opening hours. With a focus on healthy, field-to-fork food options, LOMA Express will stock unique salad and sandwich combinations, and fresh herbal infusion teas and other delicious LOMA Express products made fresh each day.

There is also a selection of healthy ‘grab and go’ products and freshly baked goods provided by Caroline’s Cakes of Chapel Allerton.

Find out more about LOMA Express at the School of Dentistry on the Great Food at Leeds website.

 

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