News about Transport Studies

Official openings mark success of buildings

This year has seen the official opening of two, multi-million pound refurbished buildings that were led and delivered by Estate Services.

The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies along with the Institute for Transport Studies have been applauded for the significant improvements made to the buildings, resulting in modernised environments for students and staff.

Peter Morgan, an award-winning scriptwriter was among the scores of alumni returning to the University of Leeds’ School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies to celebrate the opening of its new home. The refurbishment of the listed building in University Road marks an investment of £7.6 million, bringing the School together in one site close to the heart of the campus. It provides students with an impressive, modernised environment including quality studio space, fully-equipped workshops, a multi-purpose project space and a large student common room.

Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport opened the £4m building for Institute for Transport Studies, which provides a new modern research and teaching space. Enhanced spaces have been created for PhD and post-doctoral researchers, to ensure that the University is supporting emerging talent alongside its world-class professors. The new building also marks 50 years since the discipline of transport studies was first established at Leeds.

“These are exciting times for transport policy and planning in the UK, and our world class Institute for Transport Studies is ideally placed to help shape this agenda and deliver innovative solutions” Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

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Campus Developments in 2016

As the year draws to an end we take a look back on how campus has changed in the space of just 12 months.

The development of our estate and infrastructure remains a key factor in the University‘s ability to achieve its strategic goals. This sustained period of change and improvement is enabling us to respond to new challenges and opportunities to underpin our future success.

Major schemes completed in 2016

 

Large schemes progressed well

A number of large investment schemes have also seen part project completion during 2016 and have included the handover of two thirds of the Edward Boyle Library in autumn. A sizeable proportion of the School of Chemical and Process Engineering refurbishment has completed alongside the completion of Level 11 of the Worsley Building also including the opening of PURE café.

Art on Campus

In 2016 a number of significant artworks including some newly commissioned, restored and acquired on long-term loan arrived on campus, contributing to our vision of creating an inspirational campus.

We welcomed back one of the largest pieces of art – Untitled Bas-Relief, an aluminium sculpture by Hubert Dalwood. The work originally adorned the University’s Bodington Hall of residence. It has now been installed in a new home on the stage@leeds building.

Nearby is Dual Form by the great British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, on loan for five years from the Leeds Art Gallery.

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Wheels in motion for the Institute for Transport Studies

The £3.9m investment to transform the Institute for Transport Studies is now complete. Staff and students will return to the newly refurbished building by the end of October.

Over the last year, the transformation of the Institute for Transport Studies building has been underway.

The £3.9m investment has involved extensive refurbishment work to upgrade fixtures and fittings, along with the sensitive restoration of unique original rooms and features.

Resulting in an improved learning environment, the investment will enable enhanced interactions between the Institute’s various stakeholders such as students, staff and industry partners. Creating modern open spaces for these interactions will contribute to the Institute’s ambition to further develop as a hub for inter disciplinary learning.

Adrian Smith, Project Manager, Estates Services commented: “The remodelling and refurbishment has transformed the navigation around the building creating new simple accommodation which fits comfortably within the existing terrace buildings. A new extension is connected to the original building with a glazed link which makes a clear distinction between old and new. The building is now more accessible through the installation of lifts, ramps and enlarged doorways.

“The energy efficiency and sustainability of the building will be much improved now through new heating and lighting, improved thermal performance of the roof and basement.

Institute of Transport Studies interiorProfessor Richard Batley, Director of ITS, commented: “We are delighted with the results of this re-development, and greatly looking forward to moving back into our old – but much enhanced – home. In combination with this investment in our estate, we have invested time and effort in substantively refreshing both our taught postgraduate portfolio and our research and innovation strategy. Taken together, these various enhancements consolidate the Institute’s position as a world leader in transport-related teaching and research”.

This project is part of the University’s wider £520m investment aimed at creating a world-class campus to support its ambitious plans to drive cutting-edge research and excellent student education.

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£3.9M Investment for Institute for Transport Studies

This Victorian building on University Road is receiving a £3.9M investment. The remodelling and refurbishment over the coming months will extend and modernise the learning environment, to create a first class learning environment to match the Institute’s standing as a world-leader in transport teaching and research.

The project paves the way for further collaborations – with colleagues across the University of Leeds, with industry and with international partners. The Institute’s pioneering inter-disciplinary approach is at the core of what they do, and a new-look building is a key enabler for future development.

Professor Greg Marsden, Institute Director says:

“A key driver for this project is to facilitate enhanced interactions between our various stakeholders – including our students, our staff, visiting researchers, other universities, industry partners, and research sponsors.  Creating modern open spaces for these interactions is one aspect of our strategic plan to further develop the Institute as a hub for inter-disciplinary learning.”

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Autumn project update

Welcome to the first seasonal update on progress of campus development projects. This quick summary provides an overview of recent projects that have now begun on site within the campus.

Edward Boyle Library

Eward_Boyle_GalleryIn September Phase 2 of building work on the Edward Boyle Library commenced which signifies the start of the refurbishment to the main part of the library.  The building will remain partially open for students to use throughout the year.

The £24.7m investment will allow the development of an Information Resources Hub at the heart of the campus, serving taught and postgraduate students as well as staff, fit for the 21st century and reflecting the University’s ambitious academic vision.

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Institute for Transport Studies

Transport StudiesRefurbishment and re-build work to the Institute for Transport Studies commenced in September. The work will result in a significantly improved energy efficient, sustainable and fit for purpose building.

The £4 million investment will extend and refurbish the ITS building, to create a first class learning environment to match the Institute’s standing as a world-leader in transport teaching and research.

The project reflects the success of the Institute, and the corresponding growth in staff and student numbers. It also paves the way for further collaborations – with colleagues across the University of Leeds, with industry and with international partners. The Institute’s pioneering inter-disciplinary approach is at the core of what it does, and a new-look building is a key enabler for future development.

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Faculty of Engineering

Engineering-1000x700Work has begun on the £38m full refurbishment of the Faculty of Engineering.

With the current engineering building reaching the end of its useable life this refurbishment aims to incorporate new state of the art facilities to enable ambitious growth in academic activity.

The new contemporary environment will create open and flexible laboratory spaces and breakout and informal meeting areas.

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Worsley Building

News - WorsleyPhase 2 of the Worsley Building came on site in September. The 1970’s building will undergo significant transformation work to create a much sought after dynamic learning environment.

The £38m investment will create a new contemporary environment with open and flexible laboratory spaces along with breakout and informal meeting areas.

Find out more about the Worsley Building project