Work is currently underway to develop a new state-of-the-art building which will be home to the Leeds School of Arts.
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.
Creative Arts building - Interviews:
A chat with Lisa Stansbie, Dean of Leeds School of Arts
Creative Arts building: architects' perspective
Creative Arts building: aspirations
Creative Arts building: before the build
Creative Arts building: favourite features
Creative Arts building: milestones
Creative Arts building: the brief
Creative Arts building: the design process
Creative Arts building: the process
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.
Creative Arts building - progress:
Creative Arts building: A year later
Leeds Beckett Creative Arts Drone footage
Leeds Beckett University's new £80m Creative Arts building - Architects fly-through
Time-lapse footage of our new Creative Arts building: July 2019