The full extent of Leeds Beckett University’s (LBU) new £80m Leeds School of Arts building can now be seen in full for the very first time.
The high spec, specialist facility which is understood to be the only one of its kind, was designed by the internationally renowned architectural practice Hawkins\Brown. It was constructed by development partner Downing and handed over to the university last month.
The building is now being used for the very first time by music and sound, film, and performing arts students, subject to the latest government Covid-19 safety guidance.
New arts building virtual tour
Despite the current restrictions every inch of the building can be seen right now thanks to the hi-tech, virtual tour which has just been released online.
The interactive 3D model of the flagship building is among the largest of its kind ever commissioned worldwide and allows viewers to fully explore all 11 storeys from a pc or mobile device.
The state-of-the-art building, which is located at City campus helps cement the university’s presence in the heart of Leeds and will be the new home for many of creative arts subjects. It is packed full of industry standard kit for the students to work with. Facilities include a professional standard recording studio, 180-seat performance theatre, a 220-seat (Dolby Atmos TBC) movie cinema, as dedicated TV, film and black box studios. There are also multiple editing suites, rehearsal and make-up rooms, and performance spaces.
This huge level of investment is a proud expression of just how much arts and culture matter to both the university and the wider Leeds city region. The building will help improve and elevate arts education for future students but also secure the future of the arts in Leeds as it will act as a hub for cultural and industry partnerships across the city.
The building exterior complements existing listed Portland Stone buildings in the Civic Quarter while providing modern open-plan learning spaces. There are also two cool roof terraces with panoramic views across Leeds City Centre which offer versatile and unique spaces to host events and showcase everything from end-of-year shows to departmental performances.
Students studying music, film, dance, creative media technology, performing arts, and fashion marketing will be able to learn and collaborate in innovative spaces, while the new building will continue to draw on the university’s heritage for diverse learning opportunities.
Staff from the Leeds School of Arts predict that the building will fast become an integral part of the growing arts scene in Leeds.