News about the Worsley Building

Multi-million investment in Worsley Building creates inspiring environment

A major investment programme to improve the Worsley building completed at the start of this year within the stated schedule of 15 months.

The significant improvements benefitting staff and students of the School of Medicine have encompassed the refurbishment of teaching spaces to create dynamic learning environments, the refurbishment of levels 8, 9, 10 and 11 within the building creating modern office accommodation for Clinical Trials Research Unit, Leeds Institute for Health Sciences and faculty offices. A modernised and more welcoming entrance way off Clarendon Road, a new café and a landscaped garden on Level 9. Over £10m has been invested in replacing outdated building services and plant alongside the internal fit out works.

Following on from this project a further investment of £5m is now underway on Level 6 in the School of Dentistry.

Alan Johnson, Estates Project Manager commented:  “This significant investment in the Worsley building has created fit for purpose, modernised facilities within a vibrant environment for our staff and students. Consistent communication and collaboration with staff and students in the building helped to ensure the smooth delivery of this project.”

Neil Hunter, Senior Project Manager at Overbury, said: “We have been based at the Worsley building for almost two years now and during that time we have built up an exceptional working relationship with the University. The project has seen us overcome a number of challenges that inevitably come when dealing with this type of building. 

“As the building was open to students throughout the duration of the project, their safety and security was of paramount importance. Logistics, power and access were major considerations but by working closely with our client we have succeeded in creating an exemplar project.”

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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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The big stories of 2016…

PURE Café at Worsley opening shortly

As part of the refurbishment work taking place in the Worsley Building, work has been undertaken to create a new café and dining area on Level 9.

Pure is the latest café to be added to the Great Food at Leeds portfolio, the University owned catering facilities.

The £41m investment to upgrade office space and teaching facilities is now 75% complete, with project completion expected at the end of this year.

Staff from the School of Medicine have settled into the new Faculty Office on Level 9 and work has commenced ahead of programme in the Dissection Labs, which will be complete in time for the start of term.

The new café, PURE, will focus on healthy and seasonal food options and follows the shifting trend towards health and wellbeing amongst students and staff.

Other completed areas include the roof garden, Level 11 offices which have now been handed back and the western half of Level 10 which is now in the process of being occupied by Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research colleagues.

Work to the main building entrance and dental changing areas on Level 4 is now underway. Good progress is also being made on work to improve central teaching spaces on Level 8, with most of the work being carried out during nights and weekends, to limit disruption to colleagues using the building.

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Worsley Building on track for completion

The £41m investment project to upgrade office space and teaching facilities is now 75% complete, with full completion expected at the end of this year.

Staff from the School of Medicine have settled into the new Faculty Office on Level 9 and work has commenced ahead of programme in the Dissection Labs, which will be complete in time for the start of term.

Opening at the end of August will also be the new PURE Café – the new outlet will focus on healthy and seasonal food options and follows the shifting trend towards health and wellbeing amongst students and staff.

Other completed areas include the roof garden, level 11 offices which have now been handed back and the western half of level 10 which is now in the process of being occupied by Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research colleagues.

Work to the main building entrance and dental changing areas on level 4 is now underway. Good progress is also being made on work to improve central teaching spaces on level 8, with most of the work being carried out during nights and weekends, to limit disruption to colleagues using the building.

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£41m investment in Worsley is taking shape

With just seven months left to complete the refurbishment of key areas within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, colleagues and students are beginning to see the transformation take shape.

The first section of Phase 2 works, on Level 9, is now complete and occupied by the Faculty Office. The work plan remains on schedule and a substantial amount of the building, including a new café, is due to be handed back to the Faculty next month.

Work has also commenced on an innovative, sector leading redesign of the Dental Lecture Theatre, which will be complete this autumn. It will transform the current facility into a mix of collaborative teaching and learning space and will include industry bests in furniture, equipment and technology

The £41m investment will transform the Worsley Building into a vibrant and inspirational environment for staff, students and visitors that promotes the delivery of outstanding research and enhances the national and international profile of the Leeds’ Medical and Dental Schools.

The investment will support the development of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, incorporating two research council funded Centres (MRC & ESCR), and will establish Leeds as a nationally leading Centre in data intensive research.  Upgraded facilities will also accommodate the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials and Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

A new café will provide additional eating, meeting and social space for staff and visitors.  Along with a dynamic new reception that will enhance the external profile of the building and promote the excellent research and teaching provided across the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

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£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.

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.

Find out more about the Edward Boyle Library project.

 

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.

Find out more about the ITS project.

 

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.

Find out more about the Engineering Building project.

 

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.

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