The University of Leeds is preparing to start tendering for a new £60m science and computing building, as well as a £27m Innovation and Enterprise Centre.
The larger science building, which is set to be constructed in the University’s city centre campus, will house the Bragg Centre for advanced materials and imaging and will create new homes for the school of computing and the school of physics and astronomy.
The university hopes that the new centre will drive innovation in technology-led companies and help new tech start ups by providing access to the university’s facilities and research.
Under the present plan, the university aims to start procurement around the spring of next year for the planned 100,000 sq ft centre. This will be built off Woodhouse Lane on a plot in the southeast corner of the city centre campus.
It is looking for firms with a proven track record of delivering office and/or education projects in the last three years worth more than £15m.
Galliford Try have close ties with the university and they recently picked up a number of contracts in September, including a project to revamp the engineering building at the university’s main campus as part of a £22.5m scheme. It will also carry out a £15.3m overhaul of the university’s Grade II listed Edward Boyle Library.
This large scale of work will provide state of the art teaching facilities for one of the country’s largest universities. The project is set to create hundreds of construction jobs, as well as a large number of jobs for local people once construction is complete.