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Built Environment and Design

Our University experts working in Built Environment and Design are at the forefront of development in this field. We work with developers and suppliers to improve methods of constructing new homes as well as developing methods to extend the lives of existing buildings and reduce emissions. We also partner up with local authorities providing information to inform policy issues relating to the development of sustainable housing.

A particular feature of our Built Environment & Engineering courses is the breadth and vocational relevance of the courses available, together with an emphasis on innovation in teaching and learning and the development of the capability of our postgraduate students and professionals.

Built Environment

Our more extensive work includes energy, waste, business and social governance, information and communication technology, corporate social responsibility, planning, ecology, process management and project management all engaged in reducing negative impact on the natural environment.

Our colleagues have been researching ways to reduce domestic energy use for nearly 20 years as well as providing consultancy services to business in the following specialist areas:

  • Building Fabric Performance
  • Coheating
  • Airtightness
  • Build Process
  • New Build
  • Modern Methods of Construction
  • Refurbishment
  • Under-Construction Testing
  • Post-Construction Testing
  • Forensic Performance Investigation
  • In-use Energy Consumption
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • Party Wall Bypass
  • Control Systems
  • Regulations
  • Renewables
  • Construction Management

Our Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) provides a bespoke consultancy service to businesses and organisations. The Institute is a centre of research, informed and supported by business leaders, professional associations and community groups addressing the challenges of creating more sustainable places, communities and economies.

Operating as an independent Centre and also as part of LSI, The Centre for Knowledge Exchange (CKE) connects our academic institution with the private and public sector companies in the construction industry. The Centre offers a variety of networks, conferences and events throughout the year, including Greenvision and Think BIM.


Our Clients

Clients and partners that we have worked for include:

  • Harrogate Borough Council
  • Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
  • Urban Buzz
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • National Trust

Diverse inputs and backgrounds of attendees with a tried and tested format that allows exploration in sufficient depth to learn and maintain interest

Jonathan Lindh, LEDA, CKE attendee

Recent Projects

GIPSIL (Gipton Supported Independent Living)
The team worked on a research project with a local community organisation in one of the most deprived areas of the city. The consultants conducted research to examine the development of the organisation and its impact on the local community. The project also evaluated the future role of the organisation within a changing local community, public funding and policy context.

Fareshare
Fareshare is a food distribution charity that required an office space creating within their distribution warehouse. For a budget of just £1,500, Project Office designed the space, sourced materials, and built an ingenious solution that wholly fulfilled the client brief.

New Wortley Community Centre
Project Office provided the client with a design proposal that enabled them to obtain £15,000 of development funding. This was used to develop a successful BIG Lottery funding application resulting in a £65,000 grant to further the design and submit a Planning Application. The project is expected to start on site in April 2015 with a construction value of £350,000. Project Office was instrumental in this achievement and is acting as project architects for the build.


Meet the Expert

Professor Chris Gorse

Professor Chris Gorse

Christopher Gorse is a Professor of Construction and Project Management, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and Head of the Centre for the Built Environment, Low Carbon and Sustainability Research Group, with over 20 years research and consultancy experience. The building performance and sustainability research unit that Professor Gorse leads has amassed one of the most comprehensive sets of actual building thermal performance data in the UK. The work has informed government policy and regulation, is used extensively by industry and is now embedded in the work of the International Energy Agency’s programme to inform whole building testing and performance measures.

Christopher Gorse is a Professor of Construction and Project Management, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and Head of the Centre for the Built Environment, Low Carbon and Sustainability Research Group, with over 20 years research and consultancy experience. The building performance and sustainability research unit that Professor Gorse leads has amassed one of the most comprehensive sets of actual building thermal performance data in the UK. The work has informed government policy and regulation, is used extensively by industry and is now embedded in the work of the International Energy Agency’s programme to inform whole building testing and performance measures.