News about the Engineering and Physical Sciences

Green light for new £96m development

The University’s ambitious plans for advancing engineering and physical sciences has taken a major step forward today with a green light from Leeds City Council.

The £96m investment aims to provide an exceptional environment for students and support researchers from across engineering and physical sciences to work together to help solve fundamental problems and tackle key industry challenges.

Supporting the priorities of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and strengthening the University’s international reputation in interdisciplinary research, the investment is a key part of the University’s £520m campus development programme, aimed at securing Leeds’ position in the UK’s top 10 research universities.

To be completed by the summer 2020, the £96m development will relocate the School of Computing and School of Physics and Astronomy, bringing them together with colleagues in Chemistry and Engineering for the first time.

The investment will create state-of-the-art facilities that will rival the best in the UK and will include the new Bragg Research Centre for Advanced Functional Materials.

 

The Bragg Centre

The Bragg Centre for Advanced Functional Materials will be the new home for the University’s internationally-recognised activity in materials characterisation and analysis of soft matter and nanostructured thin films.

It is named after Sir William Henry Bragg, the early 20th century mathematician and physicist who developed X-Ray crystallography at Leeds, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915 for his work together with his son Sir William Lawrence Bragg.

The Bragg Centre will also be the location for to the University’s research in functional materials and devices, which is part of the UK-wide Henry Royce Institute. This institute brings together world-leading academics from across the UK to study and develop advanced materials, with Leeds’ specialism in Atoms-to-Devices and the translation of new material systems from the atomic scale to operational device.

Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, said: “The Bragg Centre’s interdisciplinary culture and state-of-the-art facilities will support and attract the best minds at all levels, placing our exceptional standard of research on a global scale.

“The Bragg Centre will be a fabulous environment for cross-disciplinary teams to work on big technical challenges, drawing on our existing strengths, while working together in new and disruptive ways to improve both the quality and the scale of our research; working in such an innovative environments will also transform how we can work with our industry partners on real world problems.”

 

Superlabs

The ‘superlabs’ concept behind the development will bring together existing strengths in applied and fundamental research to support interdisciplinary problem-solving research groups. They will tackle challenges facing the private sector and industry, from conception and theory to imaging, fabrication, application and translation.

Professor Steve Scott, Dean of the Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences, said: “We are creating an exceptional environment to carry out cutting-edge research; the interplay between people, working culture, equipment and buildings will be central to creating the highest quality findings and original ideas.

“The quality of our research, brought about through leading facilities and the exceptional breadth of our academic staff will drive external partnerships and attract international support, leading to greater depth in funding bids and a rise in standards of research.”

 

Research capability

The £96m complex is fully funded by the University of Leeds and will bring together existing scientific hardware from the schools involved. In addition, a significant strategic funding bid is being prepared for Research Councils to bring in the very latest equipment in a range of fields.

Areas of research it will support include energy efficient computing, telecommunications, sustainable magnetic materials, sensors for use in biological systems and extreme or remote environments, pharmaceutical formulations, ‘smart foods’ and medical technologies.

 

Benefits for students

The University’s undergraduate and thriving postgraduate and postdoctoral communities will also benefit, with the investment prioritising world-class teaching and laboratory spaces for research-based learning. The news comes as the University prepares to launch the Leeds Doctoral College, to further support postgraduate researchers.

Once completed, the development will host around 2,000 staff and students, who will study across the spectrum of physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and computer sciences.

Positioned on a prominent public-facing location of the campus in Woodhouse Lane, the proposed 15,700m2 building is the largest, single-project investment ever to have been made on the University campus.

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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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Plan your walking route around campus

Work has now commenced to prepare for the £96m investment to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Installation of hoardings may affect your current route to and from Engineering buildings, please plan your walking route.

Find out more about the disruptions caused by this project.

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Engineering and Physical Sciences: Work commences on 20 March 2017

A programme of work will commence on 20 March to prepare for the £96m investment to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences.

 To include new homes for the Schools of Computing and Physics & Astronomy, this investment will provide specialised teaching spaces and will be the hub for our new Bragg Centre, providing facilities and expertise to support multidisciplinary materials research involving physicists, chemists, biologists and engineers. This development will also integrate world-leading research in robotics and in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).

 Phase one of the project will see the demolition of the former Estates Building and the Old Boiler House which are located near the Old Mining building on Woodhouse Lane. Installation of hoardings may affect your current route to and from Engineering buildings.

Plan your walking route! (Opens new PDF)

 

 For staff and students this will mean:

  • Planning your route and allowing extra time to get to where you need to be.
  • Site hoardings will be in place from 20 March and may affect your current route to and from Engineering buildings.
  • There will be some noise disturbance as work gets underway.

 

 For those who make or receive deliveries this will mean:

  • Delivery vehicles to Chemistry will have to exit the same way as they enter.
  • Deliveries to Engineering from 20 March will be via Clarendon Road

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

 

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact David Oldroyd  on d.oldroyd@leeds.ac.uk or the Estates Helpdesk on 0113 34 3549

Find out more about the Engineering and Physical Sciences project.

Creating an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences

A programme of work will commence on 20 March to prepare for the £96m investment to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences. Staff, students and visitors are advised to plan their route as site hoardings will be in place and access routes to and from Engineering will change.

 This project is the biggest single financial investment ever made on campus and is part of our £520m campus plan to help secure our position as one of the UK’s top ten research universities.

 The new development will bring together research and teaching across Engineering and Physical Sciences, to inspire new ways of working across disciplines, strengthen industry collaboration and support world-class student education.

To include new homes for the Schools of Computing and Physics & Astronomy, this investment will also provide specialised teaching spaces and will be the hub for our new Bragg Centre, providing facilities and expertise to support multidisciplinary materials research involving physicists, chemists, biologists and engineers. This development will also integrate world-leading research in robotics and in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)

Phase one of the project will see the demolition of the former Estates Building and the Old Boiler House which are located near the Old Mining building on Woodhouse Lane. Installation of hoardings may affect your current route to and from Engineering buildings. There will also be some noise disturbance as work gets underway. Staff, students and visitors are advised to plan their route as site hoarding will be in place and access routes will change.

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£96m investment in Physical Sciences and Engineering – Consultation Underway

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to view the plans for the new £96m investment in Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University.  The online pre-planning consultation runs until Wednesday 16 November.

A public event will also take place on Wednesday 2 November in the Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds.

Located on the north east quarter of campus the new 15,700m2 building will enable the integration of the University disciplines of Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Computing along with the provision of critical central teaching and social interaction spaces.

For more information about the project and to leave your feedback visit the Engineering and Physical Sciences page.

University of Leeds Council approves £96m investment

The University of Leeds’ Council has given the seal of approval to the proposed plans to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences on the north eastern part of campus.

The £96m project is set to position the University as a world leading research platform and is the largest, single-project investment ever to have been made on the University campus.

It is proposed that this investment will bring together schools in the Faculty of Engineering, with those in Physical Sciences, involving the relocation of the Schools of Computing and Physics and Astronomy. This will help to foster a culture of inter-disciplinary working in the development of novel materials to address 21st Century challenges in many areas, including energy efficient computing, telecommunications, sustainable magnetic materials, sensors for use in biological systems and extreme or remote environments, pharmaceutical formulations, ‘smart foods’ and medical technologies.

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.

Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities Management said “This investment is a substantial part of the University’s £520m campus development plan and will help to secure our ambition to be one of the UK’s top ten research universities.  The development will provide impetus and academic acceleration in our Engineering and Physical Sciences disciplines. 

“It’s also great news for the Leeds City Region, with the investment further strengthening the University’s ability to attract major research funding with a consequential impact on the Leeds City Region economy.”

Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, said: “The University already has a strong, global reputation for its pioneering science and engineering research, but currently some disciplines that are, and should be, working together are spread across campus.

“This investment is about creating a modern, highly flexible space to bring teams and facilities together in a single location to support, stimulate and inspire interdisciplinary approaches to tackling big research questions.”

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The next stages of the project involve presenting the plans to the Leeds City Council Planning Committee later this year.

Preparatory works have been taking place, including vacating the Estates and Old Mining buildings along with the ancillary buildings such as the Estates workshops.

Estates colleagues have now relocated to a permanent new home in the Facilities Directorate Building, which is located close to Bright Beginnings nursery.  Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies have moved from the Old Mining building to the former School of Geography; which has been transformed to create the new Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies Building, following a £7.6m investment.  The site is expected to be vacant next month following the final move, when the Estates workshops are relocated to the Generating Station Complex.

Following this, a site survey will be conducted with a view to tendering the demolition works contract ahead of a start on site in early 2017. Full project completion is scheduled for 2020.

This news follows last month’s announcement marking Leeds City Council’s approval of Nexus – a £40m innovation and enterprise centre, set to open in 2018.

Find out more about the Centre for Engineering and Physical Sciences.

£520m development now underway

Our ambitious five-year plan to transform the University campus is now well underway, as we invest £520m in the development of 19 new sites and the refurbishment of our older buildings.

This investment supports the Strategic Plan by further enhancing our students’ experience, and growing our research income through the development of new research platforms. As a result, students, staff and key partners will have access to new, world leading facilities and equipment, such as the £17m Astbury Centre, housing electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and the new University Enterprise and Innovation Centre which will provide a high profile gateway and UK leading environment for collaboration and partnership.

Individual project investments range from £90m to £90k, and several are already underway including a £40m refurbishment of the School of Medicine, £8m refurbishment of the Grade II listed Fine Art building, and the £25m refurbishment of Edward Boyle Library.