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Construction of the Sir William Henry Bragg Building

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.

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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

Date of disruption: from Monday 12 February 2018 for a 6 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.

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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Exciting new developments…

A number of exciting new projects have progressed significantly over the past few months, ranging from on-campus developments to collaborations across the Yorkshire region.

The most recent projects feature the development of a modular building for the Faculty of Biological Sciences, investments in Spen Farm, and the development of a major new Leeds-Bradford Centre for Applied Health Research – a joint venture between the Universities of Leeds, Bradford and Bradford Institute for Health Research (pictured).

In addition, the Leeds University Business School (LUBS) expansion is well underway along with the new Leeds Engineering and Technology Campus (LETeC).

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Latest view of Nexus

We’re now a year into the development of Nexus and we’re excited to share a live feed of the development, which can be accessed 24/7 on our site.

The story so far…

Take a look at the time-lapse below to see how Nexus has progressed over the past six months.

View the live feed

Find out more about the Nexus building

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Building a tribute to Sir William Henry Bragg

The University is to name a key building in its £96m investment in engineering and physical sciences in honour of one Leeds’ most influential scientists.

 

Sir William Henry Bragg won the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics with his son Sir William Lawrence Bragg, for the development of X-ray crystallography.

Their work revolutionised science by allowing researchers to examine the atomic structure of materials in detail for the first time.

Now the Sir William Henry Bragg Building will form a key part of the new developments on campus, which together with the Bragg Research Centre, which recognises both father and son, will bring researchers together to create a critical mass in ground-breaking interdisciplinary research and impact.

The name has been approved by Sir William’s family, with great grandson Charles Bragg highlighting his relative’s commitment to industry, and saying: “The Bragg family are sure Sir William would feel very honoured with this new building being named after him by the University of Leeds, given Leeds was where he did the fundamental work leading to the joint Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915.”

 

 

To read the full story, click here.

Find out more about the Integrated Campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Leeds University Union Living Wall

A living wall can transform any vertical surface into a creative and stunning visual with the use of lush foliage, colourful flowers or swaying grasses. These impressive pieces have become popular in recent years in new and modern urban spaces, buildings and developments.

During the refurbishment of the Leeds University Union (LUU) – a project aiming to provide state of the art facilities and retain LUU’s status as one of the UK’s biggest and best unions – the idea of installing a living wall seemed only appropriate. The wall provides an attractive piece of living artwork in a location that would have otherwise been wasted space.

In line with the University’s Sustainability Strategy, the purpose of the wall promotes our commitment to sustainability and wellbeing. The ANS Living Wall system uses rain water through an irrigation system to water the six plant species in the feature: syngoniums (white butterfly); asplenium nidus; ahilodendron scandens; asparagus “sprengeri”; scindapsus “trebie”; and maranta leuconeura “kerchoveana”.

New café opens in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Last month the School of Chemical and Process Engineering saw a new café open, replacing the previous Houldsworth café space. New café FUSE, one of Great Food at Leeds‘ outlets, comes as part of the refurbishment of Houldsworth Building and offers seating for over 100.

The space offers a social hub for Faculty of Engineering for staff and students to relax from studies, meet friends and collaborate on working projects. The design is bright, airy and welcoming reflecting a modern characterful style that reflects the essence of engineering.

With a high concentration of international students, the new café caters for all with an eclectic mix of grab and go food and drinks and a new Asian hot food counter.

Find out more on the Great Food at Leeds website.

Leeds powers into top 10 Good University Guide

The University of Leeds has secured its place in the top 10 universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, published today.

Last year, Leeds was named University of the Year by the Guide, having been runner-up for the award in the previous two years.

The overall rankings for 2018, which are based on a range of metrics, sees Leeds rising to its highest-ever position, at number 10 in the UK.

Exceptional year for student experience

The University’s move into the top 10 is the latest recognition of its exceptional student education and all round student experience, combined with a strong research base.

Students voted Leeds in the top five universities in the UK in the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, where students from all over the world commended Leeds for its facilities, activities and societies, and student welfare and support.

Investing in quality

As part of its ambitious plans to maintain its position as one of the best universities in the UK, Leeds is investing £520 million in its campus, including major refurbishment of libraries, lecture theatres and the creation of new sports facilities.

Recent examples include the £17m upgrade of the Student Union to transform the social spaces, improve performance venues and extend facilities for societies. A new cycling track and sports centre, named after the Brownlee brothers who were former students at Leeds, officially opened earlier this year, to complement the state-of-the-art campus sports centre, The Edge.

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee opening the Brownlee Centre

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee open the new cycle circuit and Brownlee Centre at Bodington Playing Fields

A new undergraduate library, the Laidlaw Library, and a complete refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library, have also created inspirational study environments, with group and silent study spaces, new cafes and IT-rich facilities. Leeds also excels at digital learning, as highlighted in its Gold standard teaching award, which praised Leeds for supporting students with “outstanding physical and digital resources.”

Reflecting the University’s ongoing commitment to life-changing research, the investment programme continues with the transformation of the Engineering and Physical Sciences environment, creating first-class laboratories and specialised teaching spaces for students.

The new enterprise and innovation centre, Nexus, will also provide crucial connections with industry, bringing students and business together to support access to wider opportunities through placements, internships and networking.

Read the full story at leeds.ac.uk

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