Work starts on Fuse Studios’ new building for Leeds College of Building

Work has begun on a new £13m building on the South Bank campus of Leeds College of Building.

The new campus will feature red brick and metal cladding to echo the area’s industrial heritage targeted to achieve BREEAM Excellent.

Architect Mike Harris from Fuse Studios, which also designed the college’s existing South Bank campus, commented: “This is another major development for the South Bank area of the city and we are excited to see our plans come to fruition.”

Harris said that the response to the design of the project had been “overwhelmingly positive” adding that the development would have a positive impact on the city, as well as becoming a “superb learning resource which would help to shape the future of the construction industry.”

The 5,200 m2 four-storey building will house a range of classrooms, workshops and a central atrium. The new addition will sit alongside the college’s existing South Bank campus, between Cudbear Street and Black Bull Street.

Construction is expected to be completed in October 2018. The development is supported by a £11.9m grant through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal.

Once complete, the two South Bank campuses will serve a large proportion of Leeds College of Building’s 7,000 students, with the remainder attending the college’s other campus on North Street.

Ian Billyard, principal at Leeds College of Building, thought to be the UK’s only specialist further education construction college, commented: “This new building will enable us to continue enhancing and improving the exceptional standards of training that we are renowned for.”