Leeds Beckett University gets green light for new £75m creative arts building

WCN Editorial Team 18 Aug 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Leeds Beckett University has secured planning approval for its £75m creative arts building on the edge of the Civic Quarter of Leeds in West Yorkshire, UK. 

Designed by Hawkins\Brown in collaboration with development partner Downing Developments, the new 14,500 sq m development will provide a home for academic, creative and cultural activities in the civic city of Leeds.

Accommodating approximately 2,000 students and staff, the proposed building aims to attract new audiences and facilitate dialogue between the university, its partners and the wider city.

The building will feature dedicated studios for fashion, performing arts and music performance, a theatre as well as a black box studio, a 220-seat Dolby Atmos cinema, a TV studio, three large film studios as well as a green screen studio, a stop motion studio, Foley studios, dubbing and music recording studios, acoustic labs and a suite of post-production studios.

The building will also house an atrium that rises up to the fifth floor, which will be animated by projecting social learning spaces, writing sheds and conversation dens.

The lower floors of the building will include the theatre, triple height TV studio and a cinema.

Leeds Beckett dean of the school of film, music and performing arts Andrew Fryer said: “The Creative Arts building will provide a home for our creative community of academics, students, researchers and practitioners, with spaces full of character that draw on Leeds Beckett University’s heritage for diverse learning skills opportunities.

“At the centre of the building will be innovative learning spaces, which will allow students and staff from the school to collaborate in new and dynamic ways.

“We want this to be a centrepiece for the growing cultural landscape of Leeds, a part of the City's European Capital of Culture 2023 bid and a place to meet, drop by or simply visit because it’s just a great place to be.”

Works on site will is expected to commence by the end of 2017, with completion is scheduled in 2020.

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