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Creating stronger foundations for the SEE building

The School of Earth and Environment’s (SEE) strong foundations as a centre of world-leading research excellence was the driving force behind their recent expansion.

The University of Leeds wanted to improve the use of existing space and introduce the latest technology to ensure it remains a national market-leader in student recruitment across a broad portfolio.

Both academic staff and postgraduates will benefit from the enhancements which include:

  • Renovation of three floors within the renamed Priestley building.
  • Conversion of an undercroft car park into an open plan study area.
  • Creation of a new mezzanine floor featuring hot desking and improved facilities.

Highlights of the expansion include a world map displayed on glazed screens across levels 7-10, showing live international experiments.

Farrell & Clark Architects created the concept for the University of Leeds, we employed Watson Batty Architects’ to turn the concept into a fully detailed design for construction.

Externally, our team constructed a new concrete retaining wall, bicycle storage area, and a new road, all whilst maintaining access for vehicles and pedestrians. Inside, our team worked sensitively around delicate environmental research equipment actively used for on-going experiments in adjacent areas.

By developing a thorough plan and having a team committed to achieving the end goal made the project a pleasure to work on. The whole team feel a huge sense of pride and achievement at seeing the finished project.

Darren Green, Senior Project Manager, Henry Boot Construction