The improvements to the campus in Horsforth, which are being implemented by construction firm, Morgan Sindall, will include new student accommodation and outdoor changing facilities.
The former Students’ Union headquarters will be demolished, along with an existing outdoor changing room facility, to make way for a new accommodation block which, once built, will have the capacity to house 228 students.
The new living space will comprise 29 cluster flats, plus a sizeable communal space. The block will also include internal and external social areas, a courtyard, and a coffee lounge, as well as a laundrette and a one-stop-shop for residents.
A new, single-storey outdoor changing facility, which has been designed with a low pitched inverted roof to minimise visual impact, will be built next to Leeds Trinity University’s 3G Astroturf Pitch to replace the old changing room. This facility will be constructed to complement the style and design of existing buildings around campus, and will feature an integrated access control system to ensure student safety, as well as boasting external lighting and security cameras.
Speaking about the new campus developments, Stephen Oddy, Director of Facilities at Leeds Trinity University, said: “These latest proposals highlight Leeds Trinity University’s commitment to developing and sustaining a campus that reflects its ambitions as a growing institution, as well as providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable environment that our staff, students and the local community can be proud of.
“The submission of these plans follows a welcome increase in student applications at the University over recent years. Currently there are approximately 3,200 students on campus, with an estimated 1,000 additional students expected to join over the next five years.
“The University is committed to providing its students with the best experience possible by continually investing in ongoing improvements to the campus buildings and facilities. The new accommodation will vastly improve campus life and ensure students have everything they need in one place.”
The demolition work of the old SU building has begun while the campus improvements, including the construction of the new accommodation building and outdoor changing facility, are due to be completed by September 2016.