Leeds Beckett hopes centre will become ‘iconic home’ for cultural activities


A £75m project designed by Hawkins\Brown to build a creative arts building has been unveiled by Leeds Beckett University.

As well as being a home for the university’s Northern Film School, Music, Performing Arts and Fashion, it hopes the 14,500sqm scheme will become an “iconic home” for academic, creative and cultural activities in Leeds.

The centre will be home to 1,850 students and staff who are currently spread across separate locations in the city. The project is being developed with Partner Downing Developments and is part of the university’s £200m five-year campus development plan.

It is hoped work on the centre can begin at the end the year, subject to planning, with the project completed in 2020.

Located at the edge of the Civic Quarter of Leeds it is 10 minutes walk from the city centre and features a façade palette of stone, bronze coloured anodized metal cladding and translucent polycarbonate cladding.

The entrance foyer has a 4.5m level change across the site with a feature staircase that connects the publicly accessible areas of the building.

Facilities inside will include a 186-seat theatre, 84 seat studio theatre, a 216 seat cinema, recording studios, TV studio and film studios, as well as diverse teaching and breakout spaces.