Leeds Beckett University handed keys to its new, state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport

The £45m building has a covered rooftop sprint track and will be a hub for elite athletes

Leeds Beckett University’s new Carnegie School of Sport building has been handed over to them by the architects and construction company.

The £45m, state-of-the-art teaching and research building will be a base for undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes and a hub for the elite athletes who use the university’s sports performance facilities.

Designed by architects Sheppard Robson and built by construction group Galliford Try, the building will now be fitted out by the university’s own IT services and estates teams before being opened to students and staff.

The new 90,000 sq ft centre, located at the university’s Headingley Campus, can hold over 1,600 students and incorporates:

  • Covered rooftop 60m sprint track for performance training and analysis,
  • Dedicated research laboratories
  • Health and wellbeing studio
  • Five lecture theatres
  • Around 40 research and teaching laboratories
  • Two environmental chambers for research into performance in extreme environments, supporting both the sports world and the military
  • Enhanced strength and conditioning spaces
  • Changing and recovery facilities
  • Networking spaces for students, staff and visitors
  • Café
  • Informal teaching spaces
  • Learning support areas to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing


“Carnegie School of Sport is the UK’s biggest school of its type and this outstanding facility will enable our staff and students to continue to shape the future of sport, changing lives for the better by helping to improve practice, policy and performance,” said Peter Mackreth, dean of the Carnegie School of Sport.

“Our applied research with our partner network, in performance, conditioning, and coach development, anti-doping, nutrition, and health and wellbeing, is changing policy and practice around the globe. And now thanks to this fantastic new building our staff and students have the facilities to match their achievements and ambitions.

“We would like to place on record our gratitude to construction group Galliford Try, architects Sheppard Robson and all our partners for their hard work in making this complex project a reality, as well as to Leeds City Council and the local community for their ongoing support.”

The Carnegie School of Sport was founded in 1933 as the Carnegie College of Physical Training. Notable sporting alumni from the university include Leeds Rhinos legends Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan; double Paralympic gold-winning athlete, Kadeena Cox MBE; former GB hockey player Sam Quek MBE; Women’s FA Cup footballer, Lucy Bronze; and former England rugby union head coach, Stuart Lancaster.

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