The University of Leeds has appointed Indigo Planning to act as planning advisor for its city centre campus development plans following a competitive tender.
Indigo Planning will take forward proposals for new facilities located in two separate areas of the university’s city centre campus, representing a £130 million investment.
- A new enterprise and innovation centre, designed by Associated Architects, is planned for the southern part of the campus.
- Later this year there will be further consultation on new buildings and an extension to current facilities in the north-eastern part of the campus, which are being designed by ADP Architects.
Both schemes are part of the university’s ambitious growth plans and underpinned by a comprehensive framework and masterplan.
Steve Gilley, director of estates at the University of Leeds, said: “Over the next five years the University is investing a significant £520m into a transformative campus developments programme.
“It will result in a world class campus at the heart of a vibrant city, where visitors arriving will recognise our commitment to invest in knowledge and cutting edge research.
“Over the coming months, Indigo Planning will assist us in working closely with all stakeholders, to enable us to deliver buildings that are at the forefront of innovation and research, and ensure the University maintains its status as one of the highest ranking universities in the UK.”
Simon Grundy, Regional Director at Indigo Planning and head of its Leeds office, said: “The University of Leeds is a world-class institution, striking a balance between campus and city life – a quality enhanced by its blend of historic and modern architecture. It is heartening to see this type of investment coming forward in Leeds – the university and the people it draws here to study are part of the city’s lifeblood. This scheme will help keep the buildings and learning spaces on par with the university’s high calibre student population.
“These are ambitious and carefully-designed proposals, and Indigo Planning will guide them through the planning process, helping to ensure the university preserves its status as a place of academic excellence. Investment of this kind is also vital as it underpins the ongoing recovery of the property and development sector across West Yorkshire and the wider region.”