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Old April 17th, 2009, 01:36 PM   #1
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Leeds University building projects

Thought these might need a thread of their own, seeing as the University is investing in a major building programme of its own - it's not just the Poly (aka Early Learning Centre) that can spend cash!

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.u...00m.5154187.jp
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Work is underway on the creation of new 140 place staff/student childcare centre and a new landscaped green square on adjoining plot

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The University of Leeds is transforming its campus by investing a massive £300m in state-of-the-art educational, research, residential and leisure facilities.


The programme is one of the biggest capital investment projects in British higher education.

Its over-arching vision is to provide staff and students with a world-class campus and is integral to Leeds' ambition of securing a place among the world's top 50 universities.

Large sections of the university's grounds will be remodelled to improve access and ensure a more pleasant working environment, new buildings will be erected and many existing properties upgraded and modernised.

The university's vice-chancellor, professor Michael Arthur, said: "Amazing research and inspiring education has taken place here for over a century. By investing now, we will ensure this happens for another 100 years.

"We already have a tremendous campus in the heart of Leeds, but small parts are outdated and in need of improvement.

"Despite the economic uncertainty that the world is facing, now is the right time to make this investment to ensure we continue to attract the best staff and students, who expect a world-class institution like Leeds to have world-class facilities."

Main projects include a new home for the school of law, a new 500-bed student accommodation building, a new energy building and a £28.1m refurbishment of the library.

A swimming pool and fitness centre is being built as well as a childcare centre, and a £22.5m refurbishment and extension of earth & environment facilities is under way.

One of the key buildings - the landmark £16m Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building, home to student services and providing teaching space for languages, part-time and continuing students and international foundation year students - will officially open in May.

In addition to the £300m overall investment, a further £80m is being spent to bring the estate up to modern standards.

Buildings included in the capital investment programme are already attracting plaudits. The Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Building and stage@leeds, a new state-of-the-art home for the School of Performance and Cultural Industries - won New Building Awards in the 2009 Leeds Architectural Awards.

The investment programme is the biggest seen at the university since the 1960s and is to be funded by a combination of money from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), university reserves and financing loans. The programme from 2012 onwards is subject to continued funding from HEFCE and property sales.

The 120-year-old campus is one of the largest self-contained city centre university campuses in the UK. Two thirds of the campus is within designated conservation areas, and extensive work has gone into ensuring the new developments will be sympathetic to the surrounding environment.

The new buildings will be environmentally friendly and include cutting-edge green technologies. New pedestrian routes will be established, helping to 'open up' the university to the public and improving disabled access. A central square will be built in the middle of campus.

Robert Sladdin, the University of Leeds Director of Estates who has masterminded this project, said: "The University has a tremendous architectural heritage which includes Georgian, Victorian, neo-classical and 1960s 'brutalist' styles.

"This new phase of development will complement and enhance what is already at Leeds. The improved facilities will make it a better place to work, and the landscaping around campus will also improve the overall university environment."

The programme will benefit city residents, as well as providing staff and students with a world-class base. The local community have been involved in the consultation process. The construction of two new student accommodation buildings on campus is expected to ease traffic congestion near the university and in Headingley.

Main projects about to get underway or already started include:

. Earth & environment building
The phased refurbishment and construction of this £22.5m development is already underway. Refurbished laboratory space in the west wing will start to be opened for staff and students in March/April 2009, and the completion of the remaining elements of the scheme, both new build and refurbished, will follow in November 2009.

. Charles Morris Hall
The demolition of Mary Ogilvie, the existing 108 bed student accommodation block, and construction of a new 500-bed, £27.1m building began in March 2009, with an expected completion date of June/July 2010.

. Childcare centre
Work is underway on the creation of new 140 place staff/student childcare centre and a new landscaped green square on adjoining plot. Work on the £3.6m project is expected to last approximately 12 months.

. Swimming pool and fitness centre
Work has commenced on the construction of the new £12.2m swimming pool/gym complex on the south-western edge of campus, and is due for completion by the end of February 2010.

. Energy building
This £15m development is currently in design stage, with new build work expected to begin in late summer 2009, and due for completion by the end of 2010.

. Law building
This £14m project is currently in design stage, with work planned to start in late summer 2009 and be completed by 2010.

. Edward Boyle Library
A £28.1m redevelopment of the library has been approved by the University and the consultant design team is in the process of being appointed, with a view to work commencing late 2011.

. Innovation City Leeds
Plans for a £28m 'Innovation City Leeds' building and bio-incubator which would help position the city as global hub for enterprise and innovation are subject to approval. If given the green light, work would start in the autumn 2009 and complete in 2011.
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Innovation City Leeds?:
http://www.careyjones.com/content/pages/main.asp
Click Architects>Sketch Book>Higher Ed Building
Pretty Rubbish...
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Innovation City Leeds?:
http://www.careyjones.com/content/pages/main.asp
Click Architects>Sketch Book>Higher Ed Building
Pretty Rubbish...

This one got a bit of a kicking when a pre-application presentation was made to the March meeting of the City Centre Plans Panel:

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1.0 INTRODUCTION:
The Developers of the above site presented the scheme to Members at Plans Panel on 26 March 2009.

Members made the following comments:
• It Is a typical University building, not iconic, too many straight lines in design
• It should be a wow building at gateway to University
• There is no need to be contextual
• It could be something completely different –Barcelona like
• If its for innovation then it should appear innovative and it doesn’t
• Its just a cube
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Old April 18th, 2009, 01:41 AM   #4
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Has this already been built? http://www.leedsinnovationcentre.com/lab.php

Just to put things into context though Oxford and Cambridge are investing about 2 billion each, York 500 million (on a new campus) and Manchester 500 million. But Leeds at least is up in the same bracket with them.

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Old April 18th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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Has this already been built? [url]
Yup, and very nice it is too.




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Old April 18th, 2009, 12:42 PM   #6
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Leeds forward
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Old April 18th, 2009, 02:38 PM   #7
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I think that's something else Innovation related... Not sure of the difference, but there is definately the one I mentioned in planning too.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 03:15 PM   #8
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Leeds Innovation Centre/Innoviton Hub is different from Innovation City Leeds. The former is managed workspace/serviced offices/labs for businesses to rent (many of whom are university spinoff companies). This sort of workspace is vital as it enables the university's bright ideas to be transformed into businesses and add value to the economy. The mighty Callcredit Information Group (http://www.callcreditgroup.com/index.aspx) started off in Leeds Uni's geography department and now occupies almost all of Number One Park Lane - it's still expanding in the recession and creating jobs.




Innovation City Leeds will provide more incubator space, but also allow more direct links between the HE providers and business, and will provide a space for seminars and events between the two. I couldn't give a toss what the building looks like, but economically this is a fantastic and much-needed concept.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #9
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Errm.. I quite like the Carey Jones one?
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Old May 7th, 2009, 10:42 AM   #10
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In today's YEP:

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Leeds University starts on pool to share with public

Published Date: 07 May 2009

WORK has begun on a swimming pool on the University of Leeds campus which will open to staff, students and the community next year. The 25m, eight-lane pool will be the centrepiece of a £12.2m fitness complex.

While it is designed primarily for the university's 8,000 staff and 30,000 students, it will be available at certain times to members of the public and sports clubs, colleges and school groups. The pool is being built next to the university's existing sports centre, near Leeds General Infirmary. It is being paid for entirely through the university's financial reserves.

State-of-the-art features of the pool include a partially moveable floor to create depths of up to 2m, enabling it to be used for water polo, canoe polo and sub-aqua. A 200-station health and fitness centre, one of the largest of any UK university, is also being built. Existing sports halls in the centre will be extensively refurbished and upgraded.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur said: "The health and well-being of our staff and students are critical and this fitness centre represents a major step forward towards a healthier campus. We are investing £300m in facilities on campus in the next few years."
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Despite the planning committee being deeply unimpressed when this proposal came before them, here it is for full planning permission:



Reference
09/02351/FU/C

Applicant
University Of Leeds

Description
Erection of an 8 storey building, to form University business and innovation centre, with cafe and landscaping

Location
Orange Zone Car Park
University Of Leeds
Off Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
LS2

Agent
Carey Jones Architects
Rose Wharf
78 East Street
Leeds
LS9 8EE

Ward
Hyde Park & Woodhouse
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Do you know what they disliked about it? I quite like the proposed design.
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Do you know what they disliked about it? I quite like the proposed design.

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Old June 11th, 2009, 11:40 AM   #14
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And another one from me.

This one is a report going to next week's meeting of the City Centre Plans Panel, and comprises a proposal for a multi-storey car park next to the innovation centre reported on above. I'm particularly intrigued by the idea of the curved shields to be attached to the building's facade.

Here is the paper under consideration.
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Just in case anyone's interested, Feilden Clegg Bradley have been awarded the design and build contract for the £30m refurbishment and extension of the Edward Boyle Library.
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Slightly old, but worth putting on here to highlight the sheer size of the uni's plans.

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/media/press_r...ing-ground.htm
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09 April 2009
Breaking ground


The University of Leeds is transforming its campus by investing more than £300m in a host of new state-of-the-art educational, research, residential and leisure facilities.

The programme is one of the biggest capital investment projects in British higher education. Its over-arching vision is to provide staff and students with a world-class campus and is integral to Leeds’ ambition of securing a place among the world’s top 50 universities.

Swathes of the University’s grounds will be remodelled to improve access and ensure a more pleasant working environment, new buildings will be erected and many existing properties upgraded and modernised.

Main projects include a new home for the school of law, a new 500-bed student accommodation building, a new energy building and a £28m refurbishment of the library. A swimming pool and fitness centre is being built as well as a childcare centre, and a £23m refurbishment and extension of earth & environment facilities is underway.

One of the key buildings - the landmark £16m Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building, home to student services and providing teaching space for languages, part-time and continuing students and international foundation year students - will officially open in May.

In addition to the £300m overall investment, a further £80m is being spent to bring the estate up to modern standards.

University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur, said: “Amazing research and inspiring education has taken place here for over a century. By investing now, we will ensure this happens for another 100 years.

“We already have a tremendous campus in the heart of Leeds, but small parts are outdated and in need of improvement. Despite the economic uncertainty that the world is facing, now is the right time to make this investment to ensure we continue to attract the best staff and students, who expect a world-class institution like Leeds to have world-class facilities.”

The investment programme is the biggest seen at the university since the 1960s and is to be funded by a combination of money from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), university reserves and financing loans. The programme from 2012 onwards is subject to continued funding from HEFCE and property sales.

The 120-year-old campus is one of the largest self-contained city centre university campuses in the UK. Two thirds of the campus is within designated conservation areas, and extensive work has gone into ensuring the new developments will be sympathetic to the surrounding environment.

Buildings included in the capital investment programme are already attracting plaudits. The Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Building and stage@leeds, a new state-of-the-art home for the School of Performance and Cultural Industries - won New Building Awards in the 2009 Leeds Architectural Awards.

The new buildings will be environmentally friendly and include cutting-edge green technologies. New pedestrian routes will be established, helping to ‘open up’ the university to the public and improving disabled access. A central square will be built in the middle of campus.

Robert Sladdin, the University of Leeds Director of Estates who has masterminded this project, said: “The University has a tremendous architectural heritage which includes Georgian, Victorian, neo-classical and 1960s ‘brutalist’ styles.

“This new phase of development will complement and enhance what is already at Leeds. The improved facilities will make it a better place to work, and the landscaping around campus will also improve the overall university environment.”

The programme will benefit city residents, as well as providing staff and students with a world-class base. The local community have been involved in the consultation process. The construction of two new student accommodation buildings on campus is expected to ease traffic congestion near the university and in Headingley.

Main projects about to get underway or already started include:

Earth and Environment
The phased refurbishment and construction of this £23m development is already underway. Refurbished laboratory space in the west wing will start to be opened for staff and students in March/April 2009, and the completion of the remaining elements of the scheme, both new build and refurbished, will follow in November 2009.

Charles Morris Hall
The demolition of Mary Ogilvie, the existing 108 bed student accommodation block, and construction of a new 500-bed, £27.1m building began in March 2009, with an expected completion date of June/July 2010.

Childcare centre
Work is underway on the creation of new 140 place staff/student childcare centre and a new landscaped green square on adjoining plot. Work on the £3.6m project is expected to last approximately 12 months.

Swimming pool and fitness centre
Work has commenced on the construction of the new £12.2m swimming pool/gym complex on the south-western edge of campus, and is due for completion by the end of February 2010.

Energy building
This £15m development is currently in design stage, with new build work expected to begin in late summer 2009, and due for completion by the end of 2010.

Law building
This £14m project is currently in design stage, with work planned to start in late summer 2009 and be completed by 2010.

Edward Boyle Library
A £28m redevelopment of the library has been approved by the University and the consultant design team is in the process of being appointed, with a view to work commencing late 2010.

Innovation City Leeds
Plans for a £28m ‘Innovation City Leeds’ building and bio-incubator which would help position the city as global hub for enterprise and innovation are subject to approval. If given the green light, work would start in the autumn 2009 and complete in 2011.

Further information
Please contact the University of Leeds press office on 0113 343 4031

Notes to editors
The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK with more than 30,000 students from 130 countries. With an annual income of almost £450M, Leeds is one of the top ten research universities in the UK, and a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. The University's vision is to secure a place among the world's top 50 by 2015.
The rebuilding of Charles Morris Hall, swimming pool and creche are all well underway on campus.
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Buro Four is working on two landmark projects for the University of Leeds; a new Faculty of Law Building and Innovation City Leeds.

Innovation City Leeds will provide flexible incubator space to accommodate small businesses, particularly in the fields of health, business and energy. It will also include the Innovation Zone facilities, providing dedicated space for open innovation and creativity.

The new Faculty of Law Building is a state of the art facility for the Faculty of Law providing a range of flexible teaching spaces, administration offices and support facilities. The building will allow the school to relocate from a number of large Victorian buildings into a single building designed to meet the specific needs of the school in delivering an excellent learning and teaching environment.

Buro Four will be providing full project management on both projects including appointing teams, advising the planning process, developing procurement strategies, undertaking feasibility studies and development of the brief. The BREEAM target for the Law Building is Very Good/Excellent and the target for the Innovation City is Excellent. Both buildings are to achieve low energy usage.
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I walked along Clarendon Road today and it seems that the rebuilding of Charles Morris Hall (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/estate_servic...MorrisHall.pdf and the construction of a new creche are really coming along, I'm presuming the new pool & sports centre is too. It's odd that nobody on here is really aware of what's going on on campus - they're probably some of the biggest things being built in Leeds at the moment and will be some of the only things under construction in 2010!
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.....It's odd that nobody on here is really aware of what's going on on campus - they're probably some of the biggest things being built in Leeds at the moment and will be some of the only things under construction in 2010!
You are quite right. We still seem to be hypnotised by the dead-as-a-dodo Lumiere scheme instead of focusing on the developments which are actually going to happen. Maybe it's because most of the university proposals are a little bit off the beaten track for a lot of forumers.

On the subject of university proposals, I wonder how many of us Leeds folks have seen the proposals that were up for consideration last week (see here for more information).
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From the Business Desk:

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2.8m contract continues university partnership
29th September 2009
By Ian Briggs - Deputy Editor
SHEPHERD Construction has won a £2.8m contract at the University of Leeds to help develop the next generation of communications professionals.

Work is set to start on alterations, renovations and refurbishment of the existing Wool Division Building to provide accommodation for the Institute of Communications Studies.

The project involves demolition and alteration works to create a new layout, with new windows, rooflights, internal fit out works and mechanical and electrical installation.

Specialist equipment will also be installed in the building’s TV and radio studios and newsroom.

Shepherd’s contracts manager, Mike Armstrong, said: “Shepherd has a strong relationship with the University of Leeds and we’re delighted to be working with them again on this exciting new project. We will deliver an innovative facility, which is due to be completed in August 2010.”

Shepherd’s previous projects with the university have included a refurbishment of its biosciences building and the design and build of a contemporary six storey student services building.

Shepherd has also created a four-storey laboratory complex for the university’s Institute of Genetic, Health and Therapeutics.

The firm, which has an office in Leeds but is headquartered in York, has also handed over the Sky Plaza student accommodation building in Leeds.

The 37-storey building, built for Unite, is believed to be one of the tallest student accommodation buildings in the world and includes 533 rooms for Leeds students
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