News about all Campus Masterplan projects

New images of multi-million pound LUBS investment

Artist’s impressions have been released to show how the multi-million pound investment in Leeds University Business School (LUBS) will look when finished.

Phase one of the scheme – the refurbishment of teaching areas in Charles Thackrah building, with the addition of a new café – has been successfully completed.

The three-phase scheme commenced early this year and includes the construction of a new building in Mount Preston Street, adjacent to Bright Beginning Nursery. This will provide additional central teaching space, specifically four flat-floor teaching rooms, with a capacity for 100 people, and four teaching rooms, each providing capacity for 36 people.

This building, which forms phase two of the development, is expected to be completed in time for the start of the new academic year in October.

The final phase will be finished by the summer of 2020, following the construction of a new multi-storey teaching facility in Cloberry Street, shared by LUBS, the School of Law, the School of Languages and Central Teaching Space. Prominent features of the building, including a new Trading Room, teaching areas and Behavioural Laboratories, will provide more flexible and innovative ways of teaching.

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Temporary Closure of Vernon Road: 4 June – 6 July

Date of disruption: Monday 4 June – Friday 6 July

Essential work will take place on Vernon Road to divert a brick culvert into the drainage system for Nexus. This work is part of the two-year, £38m investment scheme to construct Nexus; a new enterprise centre.

Services to be interrupted:
There will be no access to the Multi-storey car park from Woodhouse Lane between Monday 4 June and Friday 6 July 2018. Access will only be possible during this time via Calverley Street and Willow Terrace Road,  over the inner ring road bridge. As an alternative, the Estates Service have acquired space at Woodhouse Moor for Permit holders to park on Woodhouse Cinder Moor on the following dates (8am – 6pm). This will be manned by Security staff from 8am – 5pm.

● 4th – 8th June
● 11th, 12th, 14th June
● 18th – 22nd June

We hope that after the first 3 weeks, access to exit the Multi-Storey Car Park can be re-routed under the Physics Deck, although this is subject to the contractor works. We will inform Permit holders when this route becomes available to use.  The Estates Service have also arranged for the traffic light sequencing on Calverley Street to be modified during this period to further improve traffic circulation. HGV deliveries will also be affected due to the weak bridge crossing the Inner Ring Road at Calverley St / Willow Terrace Road, which has a weight restriction of 7.5 tonnes.

Vernon Road Closure – Alternative Route and Parking option for Permit holders

 

For enquiries please contact: Paul Cook p.s.cook@leeds.ac.uk

If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 0113 345555 or email: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk.

 

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

Michael Sadler Building Disruption: 17 March for six-weeks

Date of disruption: Saturday 17 March for a six-week period

Engie, the contractor employed by the University and NHS Trust to fit out the Generating Station Complex (GSC), will be digging a trench from the footpath between Social Sciences and the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building around Michael Sadler Building to the corner of Baines Wing – this is to lay ducts to allow the installation of new electrical cables. The trench work will start on Saturday 17 March 2018 for a six-week period.

Services to be interrupted: External access disruption, local digging noise, and local road traffic management.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants: Potential local digging noise and access disruption.

Information for disabled staff and students: The automatic single side door to Michael Sadler will be closed for four weekends, 17/18 March, 24/25 March, 30/1 April, and 7/8 April. Unfortunately this severely restricts disabled access.

For alternative entry to the Michael Sadler building, enter Baines Wing via the main entrance (automatic doors), then:

– Travel up the ramp past the reception area and turn right
– Continue along the corridor and up the ramp, following signs to Parkinson Court
– When you reach the doorway at the end of the corridor, turn right into another corridor, away from Parkinson Court.
– Go through two sets of automatic doors, towards Philosophy
– As you enter Philosophy (end of the corridor), take the automatic door to the right and then turn right.
– You are now on the ground floor of Michael Sadler and can navigate to the accessible lifts further along the corridor (automatic doors in between).

Download Disruption Notice (PDF)

Please bear with us as we continue to progress these essential works.

For enquiries please contact: Simon Gough S.J.Gough@leeds.ac.uk

Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 6988 / 07913 900088

If the above member of staff is unavailable, you have any general queries about our services or would like to add or remove a person from this email list, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 0113 343 5555 or e-mail eshelp@leeds.ac.uk.

 

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

Information event: Sir William Henry Bragg Building

Date: Wednesday 21 March
Time:  2-4pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre G35, School of Chemistry

This information event is of a general nature and aimed at all staff and students across the University. Please click here to book your place.

As part of the University’s continuing investment in the campus, a new building – the Sir William Henry Bragg Building – is being built situated between the Schools of Chemistry and Electronic & Electrical Engineering on the northeast side of the campus.

Construction starts in late May 2018 and the new building will be completed in summer 2020.

This is a hugely important and exciting development for the University and we’re keen to inform and update you on the plans and progress to date and answer any questions you may have.  

The £96 million building is the largest single investment to date in the University’s estate and will become home to the Schools of Computing and Physics & Astronomy, with direct links to the School of Chemistry and Faculty of Engineering, forming an integrated campus of engineering and physical sciences.

The Sir William Henry Bragg Building will provide an exceptional environment for collaborative research, with high specification laboratories and facilities, and enhanced teaching space.

The building will also incorporate the Bragg Centre for Materials Research which will bring together researchers from schools across the University campus and beyond to create an environment that will foster ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research to accelerate impact on society.

If you have any further enquiries please contact campusdevelopment@leeds.ac.uk.

Important Communication for Disabled Staff, Students and Visitors: Disruption 5 March Until 2020

Date of disruption: from Monday 5 March until summer 2020

Work begins to prepare for the construction of the Sir William Henry Bragg Building.

Effects of these works: On 5 March, construction company BAM will erect new hoardings along Woodhouse Lane. This will result in disrupted walking routes and some potential traffic delays along Woodhouse Lane. Full construction work will commence late May and will be on site for two years.

For disabled staff, this will mean: There will no longer be staff parking bays or a taxi drop off point outside Chemistry West. Dedicated parking spaces for disabled staff are now located at Cloth Workers Central.

Please download this map for more detail.

For disabled students, this will mean: The most direct route to Disability Services will be from University Road entrance, up from Cloth Workers buildings. However, this is closed until 26 March, due to urgent work being carried out by Yorkshire Water.

Please download this map for more details on how to get on and off campus.

Directions:

  1. Travel down Clarendon Road from Woodhouse Lane.
  2. You will drive past the University Road junction off Clarendon Road, this is currently closed until 26 March, so please keep going down Clarendon Road. (Once the Univerity Road junction re-opens cars will be able to turn left on to University Road, from Clarendon Road and drive straight down to Cloth Workers Central Building.)
  3. Keep going down Clarendon Road until you reach Mount Preston Street on your left-hand side. Turn on to Mount Preston Street.
  4. Take the first left on to Cromer Terrace.
  5. Then second left on to Cloberry Street.
  6. Second right on to Clarendon Place.
  7. Then first left and first right on to Lyddon Terrace.
  8. Drive to the end of Lyddon Terrace then turn right on to University Road.
  9. Drive down University Road, you will pass the School of Fine Art on your left, drive under the bridge and you will arrive at Cloth Workers Central building on your left-hand side.
  10. Designated parking spaces are directly opposite Cloth Workers Central Building.
  11. Go through the Great Hall arches and follow the normal route to Disability Services office.

For disabled staff, students and visitors arriving by taxi and wishing to get to Disability Services this will mean:

Please ask your taxi driver to enter campus at the University Road entrance and follow the directions on this map (written directions are detailed above). These directions will take you to the designated disabled parking spaces at Cloth Workers South, where you can be safely dropped off.

Download Disruption Notice (PDF)

If these changes affect appointments or visits to Disability Services please contact them directly by calling 0113 343 3927 or emailing disability@leeds.ac.uk.

Construction of the Sir William Henry Bragg Building: Disruptions from 5 March Until 2020

Date of disruption: from Monday 5 March until summer 2020

Work begins to prepare for the construction of the Sir William Henry Bragg Building.

Effects of these works: On 5 March the construction company BAM will erect new hoardings along Woodhouse Lane. This will result in disrupted walking routes and some potential traffic delays along Woodhouse Lane. Full construction work will commence late May and will be on site for two years.

For staff and students this will mean: Some walking routes will be restricted during this period. There will no longer be a through route between the arches near the School of Chemistry to Woodhouse Lane. Please see the map below for more detail.

For deliveries this will mean: The delivery and exit routes near to the School of Chemistry will be under BAM’s control. When on site, BAM will guide delivery vehicles onto and off the site. 

Further information: Please bear with us as we deliver this significant project. The Sir William Henry Bragg Building is the largest single investment to date in our estate and will become home to the Schools of Computing and Physics and Astronomy, with direct links to the School of Chemistry and Faculty of Engineering.  The new building will incorporate the Bragg Centre for Materials Research, which will bring together researchers from schools across the University campus and beyond, to create an environment generating ground-breaking, interdisciplinary, research and to accelerate impact to society.

Download Disruption Notice (PDF)

For enquiries please contact: David Oldroyd d.oldroyd@leeds.ac.uk

Contact Telephone No: 0113 43 35962

If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 0113 345555 or email: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

 

Thank you for your cooperation, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during the construction of this new building.

Our innovative Lecture Theatres are now award winning

Our three collaborative lecture theatres have recently been announced as Education Project of the Year, in the AV News Awards, which are recognised as the leading awards in the AV sector.

The £2.8m innovative transformation project was submitted into the AV News Awards by Pure AV – who were commissioned by the University to manage the installation of the new audiovisual equipment – as part of the innovative refurbishment of the lecture theatres in summer 2016.

Through working with Pure AV, the University was able to move away from traditional lecture theatre seating to a new style of collaborative booths. Each booth is embedded with digital technology to facilitate improved group working and accommodate a ‘flipped’ learning approach to large group teaching.

The £2.8m investment that was made to three lecture theatres, Dental LT, Mechanical Engineering LT B and Roger Stevens LT 8 has already been recognised as having significantly transformed teaching spaces, and in turn resulted in a significant improvement in user experience. A survey last year showed our students loved the facilities, with overwhelming user satisfaction scores above 80%!

Congratulations go out to all the teams that were involved in this innovative project, Facilities Support Services, Digital Education Service. IT Services, OD&PL amongst others.

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning, commented: “It is fantastic to see the work of the colleagues and partners involved in creating the new collaborative lecture theatres being acknowledged through this very well-deserved award.  The rooms have been very well received by staff and students, and this is due to the hard work of the many individuals involved in bringing to life a vision for collaborative, interactive and technology-enabled education spaces that support our blended learning approach.”

Stewart Ross, Director, Commercial and Campus Support Services said: “We are delighted to receive this award – it highlights something important for us – that Leeds is successfully innovating its teaching and learning spaces so they are genuinely meeting the needs of our students and staff.  We have ambitious plans to continue this innovation and ensure our facilities are second to none.

Click here for more information about the project.

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EC Stoner and Cavendish 9 Disruptions: 12 February 2018 for six-weeks

Date of disruption: from Monday 12 February 2018 for a six-week period

Engie, the contractor employed by the University and Leeds NHS Trust to fit out the Generating Station Complex (GSC), will be digging a trench from EC Stoner (0071) to the A4 Substation across the front of the external main entrance steps to Cavendish 9. This is to lay ducts to allow the installation of new electrical cables. The trench works will start on the Monday 12 February 2018 for a 6 week period.

The service road will not be closed, local traffic management will put in place around the trenching works. The external steps to Cavendish 9 will be closed.

Services to be interrupted: External access disruption, local digging noise and local road traffic management.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants: Potential local digging noise, access disruption to Cavendish 9 and local road traffic management

For enquiries please contact: Simon Gough

Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 6988

If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 0113 345555 or email: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

 

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

Closure of Cycle and Walking Path (Adjacent to Nexus): 12 February 2018 to September 2018

Date of disruption: from Monday 12 February 2018 to September 2018

The cycle and walking pathway which runs from Willow Terrace to Woodhouse Lane, adjacent to the Nexus construction site, will be closed from Monday 12 February until September 2018. This is to allow for landscaping work to take place around the Nexus construction site. This work will be one of the final phases of work to be completed ahead of Nexus officially opening in the Autumn.

Effects of this interruption: For staff, students and visitors this will mean there will be no access to the cycle or pedestrian pathway from Woodhouse Lane and there will be partial access to the pathway from Willow Terrace to Vernon Road.

Download disruption notice (PDF)

For enquiries please contact: Paul Cook

Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 5993

If the above member of staff is unavailable or you have any general queries about our services, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 0113 345555 or email: eshelp@leeds.ac.uk

 

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

Nexus Showcased to Senior Business Leaders

Senior regional business leaders are visiting the University this week to find out how Nexus, our new gateway to world-leading research expertise and infrastructure, will boost economic growth across the Leeds City Region and beyond.

By enabling easier access to the University’s research expertise in key growth sectors, as well as support to foster collaboration and innovation, Nexus aims to help take new ideas from concept to market and drive business growth.

 

“Nexus will be a vital asset in our ambitions for a thriving innovation district, encouraging the sharing of ideas and knowledge, and promoting inward investment to Leeds.”

– Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council Chief Executive 

 

The tour of the new innovation and enterprise centre, due to open in autumn 2018, will enable senior business leaders to find out about the new facilities, which will offer businesses flexible office and laboratory space, as well as meeting rooms.

It follows £3m of funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority towards the University’s £40m investment to develop the initiative. The £3m is funded through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1bn package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

 

“We seek to attract businesses who not only want to base themselves in our outstanding office and laboratory facilities but more importantly, want to take advantage of an environment that will help drive innovation and business growth.”

– Dr Martin Stow, Nexus Director 

 

Increasing innovation – along with business growth and productivity – are also headline initiatives in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Strategic Economic Plan 2016-2036.

Analysis of Office for National Statistics data by West Yorkshire Combined Authority has shown research and development (R&D) spend in Yorkshire and Humber is just over half the UK level and that the region’s businesses invest substantially less on R&D than counterparts elsewhere*.

Dr Martin Stow, Director of Nexus, said: “We’re here to make it easier for businesses and provide a ‘hardwired’ connection to the expertise at the University of Leeds for companies who want to access ideas, infrastructure and deliver commercial impact.

“The visit is timely as we seek to attract businesses who not only want to base themselves in our outstanding office and laboratory facilities but more importantly, want to take advantage of an environment that will help drive innovation and business growth.”

Leeds-based Creative Space Management has been appointed as commercial letting agent to lease the 40,000 sq. ft. of office and laboratory space, available for occupancy from autumn 2018.

The visitors to Nexus include Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and member of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Martin Farrington, Director of City Development at Leeds City Council, and Andrew Wright, Chair of the LEP’s Business, Innovation and Growth Panel.

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “Growing our innovation footprint is key to realising the huge economic potential of Leeds City Region and the facilities at Nexus will make a huge impact when they open later this year.

“Innovation not only brings with it more competitive companies but also increased numbers of jobs and stronger, more sustainable economic growth, all of which are central to the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan.

“These purpose-built facilities combined with access to world-class academic insight and laboratory space will complement the LEP’s own Access Innovation programme that provides funding and support for businesses who want to develop new products and processes.”

Leeds City Council’s Chief Executive, Tom Riordan, said: “Nexus will be a vital asset in our ambitions for a thriving innovation district, encouraging the sharing of ideas and knowledge, and promoting inward investment to Leeds. It will act as a great catalyst for business creation and economic growth.”

Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds, added: “Showcasing our ambitious future plans for Nexus is important, but it’s also about reiterating the University’s outstanding track record of supporting innovation, licensing and spin-out companies.

“This will be an exceptional opportunity, providing both physical and virtual communities, to make a further step change in the way we accelerate great ideas and help businesses build productivity and deliver a real commercial edge.”

The University has created more than 100 spin-out companies, with a market capitalisation in excess of £500m. Seven of these spin-out companies are market listed on AIM, which is more than any other university in the UK.

The University will also be profiling the Nexus development to an influential audience of investors and occupiers at the global property and economic conference, MIPIM 2018, as part of the Leeds City Region delegation.

Find out more about Nexus.

(Header photo L-R; Roy Perry – Senior Project Manager at Galliford Try, Cliff Wheatley – Managing Director at Galliford Try, Steve Gilley – Director of Estates at the University of Leeds, Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities Management at the University of Leeds).

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