The University of Leeds proves its out in front as it launches an ambitious new Campus Masterplan

The University of Leeds is launching its ambitious new Campus Masterplan which sets out a vision for campus developments over the next 10 years and will see a significant £500M invested in the campus over the next 5 years. The new Masterplan supports 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.

A total of 19 new development sites have been identified which will complement the current buildings within Leeds’ mature city-centre campus, already rich in architecture and character and with the potential of providing circa 90,000sqm 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 will be 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 project will integrate the disciplines of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Computing. The project 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 just commenced a £38m investment in the refurbishment of the Chemical and Process Engineering in the same area of campus.

ABOVE: The Bragg centre will become a base for world-leading engineering and physical sciences research

In the second half of 2015 the University will have committed over £100m of refurbishment projects on to 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 will undergo a significant £25M refurbishment to transform it into an IT rich research library for the 21st century and to complement the new Laidlaw Library.

ABOVE: The Edward Boyle library will undergo a significant £24.7m refurbishment to transform it into an IT-rich research library for the 21st century

These investments will 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, 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 start up pf new high-profile growth companies.

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 on to 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.

ABOVE: The recent £27.5m Laidlaw Library construction was one of the first Masterplan projects completed

Finally, Leeds University Union, already one of the leading UK student unions, the student experience at Leeds will be further improved following the £17M investment in the building. The project will commence in 2015 and some of the key changes include creating an inspirational central atrium through the heart of the building connecting both south and north sides of the campus, creation of a new arts quarter and the refurbishment of the Riley Smith performance hall.  

ABOVE: The Bragg centre will become a base for world-leading engineering and physical sciences research

 For more information about the Masterplan at Leeds please visit our soon to be launched website at

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