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Green wing for Leeds

Mayhem at Leeds campus.

The Earth Sciences Building at the University of Leeds is to undergo a complete overhaul in a £24 million project which has just begun building work, writes Sarah Day. 

Geoscientist Online 28 October 2008

The existing 1960s concrete building is to be made over, in the biggest single building project on campus. The refurbishment will bring laboratories and accommodation up to ‘state of the art’ standards, and a new wing will be added to the north side. This will contain offices and lecture/meeting space, and will ensure that the School of Earth and Environment is contained within a single site.

The building will also be upgraded to feature various renewable technologies and energy saving features. These include the embedding of solar panels within the glazing, as well as temperature and draught controls. A green roof and rainwater harvesting will also feature.

The project is set to be completed by the end of 2009. In the meantime, Earth scientists in Leeds are being moved to a range of site across the campus.

More information and a photo gallery can be found on the School’s website, at