Galliford Try to build Leeds Beckett University's new sports science facility

5 Sep 2018 BUILDINGS

UK-based construction firm Galliford Try has secured new contract to build a new teaching and research building at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley campus.

The contract worth £29.3m will include the development a new home for the Carnegie School of Sport, including dedicated research laboratories, hypoxic laboratory, as well as health and wellbeing studio.

The development will also feature an indoor rooftop sprint track for performance training and analysis, a roof walking track and terrace, enhanced strength and conditioning space and changing and recovery facilities.

Furthermore, the project will include networking spaces for students, staff and visitors, a café, informal teaching space and learning support that will foster inter-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Galliford Try North East and Yorkshire managing director Cliff Wheatley said: “We are delighted to be working with Leeds Beckett on such a prestigious project.

“We have a proven track record in providing high-quality buildings for higher education and we look forward to working with the University to ensure that their students and staff have the world-class sports science facilities they demand.”

Leeds Beckett University vice-chancellor Peter Slee said: “This £45m world-class facility will underline our global reputation for delivering high-impact sports teaching and research. It is part of a wider £200m programme of investment across our campuses which will further increase the positive contribution we make to our city region and beyond.”

Last month, the UK construction firm has been awarded a project with Durham University with the announcement that it has reached financial close on the contract to build the new Maiden Castle sports park.

The scope of the project will include an extensive refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing facilities and the construction of a new sports complex.

The project, with a total value of £31.7m, involves a new indoor cricket hall, a 12 court multi-use sports hall - suitable for international and national competitions, a martial arts dojo, a fitness suite, purpose-built recovery facilities, and high performance weights rooms.

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Image: A rendering of Leeds Beckett University’s new sports science facility. Photo: courtesy of Galliford Try plc.

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