We are currently working on five projects at Leeds Trinity University as part of the Institution’s major estate rationalisation and development.
Our first commission has been on the 228-bed student residences scheme, which is now on site and due for completion in September 2016.
Student Residences at Leeds Trinity University, under construction, July 2016
Angled folds in the brick panels give a distinctive window feature permitting dramatic views from the living spaces, whilst the large geometric window areas add texture to the overall simple aesthetic. We have incorporated a new courtyard space to complement the external public realm spaces, joining with other areas of the Campus to form Green Corridor routes.
Another scheme we’re really excited about is the refurbishment and extension of the Andrew Kean Learning Centre – a double storey teaching and learning resource centre accommodating almost 2000sq.m of new space and linking the existing library to create an extensive learning resource centre.
Interior visual of the Andrew Kean Learning Centre
The brief for the project emerged from a series of formal engagement sessions and informal collaboration via image sharing social networks such as Pinterest. Key requirements were flexible and adaptable space designed to meet the University’s future needs. Also, the creation of dynamic environments that support social and personalised learning by encouraging students to use the building in an informal, flexible way that blurs the boundaries between traditional learning and social activity.
We are appointed as the Employer’s Architect and Technical Advisers on both the Student Accommodation and Andrew Kean Learning Centre projects.
The existing Andrew Kean Learning Centre and proposed site for the new extension
In 2015 we produced a property strategy and masterplan for the entire estate. Our Masterplan seeks to rationalise and improve teaching and learning space and provide a clear identity and linkages for students across the heart of the campus.
Masterplan at Leeds Trinity University
As a result of the strategy, two more projects emerged: the extension to the Catering accommodation and the Student Hub. Both are smaller projects but will contribute to the overall rejuvenation of the estate, accommodating the increase in student numbers which Leeds Trinity has seen over the last couple of years.
Main Teaching Block – under construction in 1966
Visual of the Student Hub
Visual of the extension to the Cafeteria
Both the Student Hub and Catering Extension are at RIBA Stage 3.