News about the Engineering and Physical Sciences

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.

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.”

 

 

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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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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.

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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.