Creative Arts Building

Completion: September 2020

A new hub for creative education in the city

Status:

In construction

Work begins:

January 2018

Work due to be completed:

September 2020

Investment:

£80m

Architects:

Hawkins/Brown

Development Partner:

Downing Development

Contractors:

George Downing Construction

Work is currently underway to develop a new state-of-the-art building which will be home to our School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, as well as our School of Art, Architecture & Design's fashion provision.

The building will include a wealth of outstanding specialist facilities that include: dedicated studios for fashion, music and performing arts; a 184-seat performance theatre; a 220-seat Dolby Atmos movie cinema; state-of-the-art TV and film studios; a black box studio; a green screen studio; a stop motion studio; Foley studios; dubbing and music recording studios; acoustic labs and a host of post-production suites. In addition, there will also be a number of general teaching spaces that will foster inter-disciplinary collaboration, creative talent and knowledge sharing.

The building will provide a home for the creative performing arts with spaces full of character that draw on the university’s heritage for diverse learning skills opportunities. It will be student focused, providing collaborative, informal discussion space to nurture and prompt conversations and relationships.

At the centre of the building will be innovative learning spaces, which allow students and staff from the school to collaborate in new and dynamic ways. All visitors to the building, however, will enjoy a great arrival experience, entering an inspiring interior space that is welcoming and accessible to all.

This facility will also provide a new city landmark, elevating the visibility of the university at this important city location and providing a resource that we believe will contribute to the creative economy in Leeds. The scale and stature of the building will ensure that it complements the cityscape and becomes a gateway to the planned Leeds Innovation District, which will provide a catalyst for the productive, sustainable and inclusive economic development for the city. We intend for the building to be a dynamic threshold - bringing academia and industry thinking together.

Built on a site with a 4.5 metre fall, the design responds intelligently to these level changes, with attractive, dynamic and engaging spaces at street level, rising to state-of-the-art, industry quality facilities that deliver technological accuracy and excellence at the upper level.

This outstanding new building will provide a creative focus for the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and research and enterprise programmes and act as a hub for our cultural and industry partnerships across the city.

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