Birmingham’s Associated Architects has submitted plans for a £40 million University Innovation and Enterprise Centre (UIEC) at the University of Leeds
The 10,000m² building in the south-east area of the university campus, off Woodhouse Lane, will house a mix of laboratories, offices, university staff space, collaboration areas, lecture theatres and a publicly accessible café. It is expected to start on site early next year.
The practice describes the seven-storey centre as a ‘marker for the new gateway’ to the university, featuring ‘an open ground and first floor’ while being ‘more private and insular for the incubation offices and laboratories above’.
A spokesman said: ‘A triple-height atrium will provide a high-quality, innovative, business-facing gateway, and generate a buzz and a sense of community.
’The sophisticated space is designed to work hard for the [centre] and be multifunctional with functions and events within the space as well as providing café spill-out space, lecture theatre and flexible seminar suite “crash” space.’
The scheme is scheduled to complete in summer 2018.
Type of project higher education
Client University of Leeds
Architect Associated Architects
Landscape architect Plincke
Planning consultant Indigo Planning
Structural engineer Curtins
M&E consultant Ramboll
Quantity surveyor Rex Proctor & partners
Main contractor TBC
Tender date August 2016
Start on site date January 2017
Completion date August 2018
Contract duration 84 Weeks
Gross internal floor area 10,000m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Two-stage Design and Build
Total cost £40 million