The construction of the new Sir William Henry Bragg building at the University of Leeds celebrated a milestone as the building reached its tallest point
To mark the occasion a special topping out event took place as University of Leeds colleagues were joined by representatives from main contractor BAM Construction and architect design team ADP, BAM Design, Arcadis, Gardiner & Theobald, ARUP and Silcock Leedham.
Colleagues watched as the building’s plant room was lifted onto the roof, forming the highest point of the new University of Leeds building. The plant room for the Sir William Henry Bragg building was assembled offsite in a factory environment, with the support of local Leeds company, Waites Mechanical Services, saving time and cost on the project.
The new Sir William Henry Bragg building represents a significant investment by the University in a new integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences.
The facility will include laboratory and specialised teaching spaces, enabling cutting-edge research whilst enhancing the University’s research power and strengthening collaboration with industry.
Steve Gilley, director of estates and facilities said: “I’d like to thank all of our partners who have contributed to this flagship project to date. It’s important to mark key milestones, and recognise the importance of the expertise from extended project teams, to ensure the successful construction of this new facility.”
Joe Morgan, director, ADP said: “This project was conceived in 2015 as a critical component of the strategic masterplan, to create a collaborative hub for computing and physical sciences. The building champions the need to address tomorrow’s challenges whilst minimising its impact on the environment, so it is appropriate that one of the components designed to make this building so highly energy-efficient should be lowered into place as part of the ‘topping out’ celebration.”
Ian Aldous, director, Arcadis said: “The scale of this project – from the stakeholder engagement through to the design solution and delivery – has been immense and everyone involved has been on a real journey. As such, to see the critical milestone being reached is hugely satisfying for all involved, and a testimony to the dedication of all parties to the future vision.”
The new Sir William Henry Bragg building is set to open to students in 2021.