What is the Masterplan for?

The purpose of this Masterplan is to support the growth and ambition of the University whilst enhancing the experience of students, staff, visitors and the community.

What is the Masterplan?

In recent years the University of Leeds has been investing a significant amount into our campus. Our Masterplan has supported the University academic vision for increasing knowledge and opportunity and a focus on world-leading research, collaborative industry partnerships and further enhancing the student experience.

In this time work has been taken place over 19 new development sites, all of which complement the current buildings within Leeds’ mature city-centre campus, already rich in architecture and character and with the potential of providing circa 80,000sqm of additional space.

An outstanding research university

Already ranked in the top 10 for research power in the UK, a key focus for the University of Leeds Masterplan developments is to build new research facilities and technology platforms to enable the University to make a further step-changes in the quality, volume and impact of world-leading research, in particular encouraging greater interdisciplinary research.

One of the most significant elements of the Masterplan will see the delivery of a new building in the North East Quarter of campus, the Sir Willam Henry Bragg Building. The project will integrate the disciplines of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Computing, and involves constructing and equipping a new £90m development, creating an international centre for Engineering and Physical Sciences teaching and research. Alongside the exciting new building, the University has invested £38m and refurbished the School of Chemical and Process Engineering in the same area of campus.

ABOVE: The Sir William Henry Bragg Building will become will be constructed to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences.

In 2015 the University committed over £100m of refurbishment projects on-site including £40m being spent in the Medical School, £8m being spent refurbishing a Grade II listed building for Fine Art and £5m extending facilities for the Institute of Transport Studies.

Furthermore, the listed Edward Boyle Library underwent a significant £25m refurbishment to transform it into an IT-rich research library for the 21st century and to complement the new Laidlaw Library.

These investments not only enable Leeds to build on the existing scientific excellence at the University, but also provide additional laboratory and research space for the biggest ever academic fellowship recruitment drive which aims to attract 250 new leading researchers to the University and also increasing PhD student numbers.

Local enterprise and impact across the city region

The University of Leeds is a leading university for spin-out companies and another key objective in the University’s strategic plan is to further enhance and grow strategic partnerships and collaborations with key industry partners and innovative companies. As part of the Masterplan, Nexus, a new £40m Innovation and Enterprise centre located on the South Eastern edge of campus, linking the campus with the city and business community, will increase incubation spaces and provide a three-fold increase in laboratory accommodation for technology-led start-up companies.

This new centre will provide a high-profile gateway to the world-class research and innovation, driving innovation in existing companies and the public sector and stimulate the startup of new high-profile growth companies.

ABOVE: Nexus will provide a place where businesses and other external organisations looking to innovate, be more productive and grow can access the University’s capabilities and talent.

An exceptional campus for student and staff

Supporting these building developments is a desire to deliver a positive experience for the student, staff and visitor through the landscaping of the campus. Leeds has a rare asset in occupying a cohesive city-centre campus rich in architecture and character and the Masterplan aims to provide a vibrant, engaging and inspiring environment through greater social learning environments, open spaces and increased pedestrianisation. Entrances onto campus will be enhanced and improved. Public art will become an integrated part of both the intellectual landscape and the built environment of the University of Leeds. The vision is for a vibrant piazza-like public realm capturing the history of artistic research and artwork that exists within the University. Work has commenced re-siting existing works, providing interpretation panels and creating a campus public art trail.

Leeds University Union, one of the leading UK student unions, has also further improved the student experience at Leeds following a £17m investment in the building. Some of the key changes from the project included creating an inspirational central atrium through the heart of the building connecting both south and north sides of the campus, creating a new arts quarter and the refurbishment of the Riley Smith performance hall.

Follow the progress of all of the Masterplan projects here.