Laidlaw Library University Leeds building architecture design exterior view
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Library Details
Basic Information
University library
Year of opening
Total Cost
34,030,000 EUR
University / Institution
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Project Story
Main Motications and Objectives

Provision of additional study space, and also modern facilities able to support students using their own devices, working either on their own or in groups.


On the main University campus, with two entrances, one onto campus, and the other onto a main road passing the University entrance.

The building form is roughly rectangular, but is designed to fit the existing site, located between 2 listed churches and 2 roads to front & rear. Level access is provided from Woodhouse lane maximising accessibility
across a site with difficult topography of a 3m drop. This level enables a lower ground floor accessible from Hillary place.
The ground floor is predominantly open access for social learning, cafe spaces
with secure access to training rooms and the community classroom.
Upper levels are predominantly open plan, maximising flexibility with a central WC and
lift core, with quiet study and bookstock being located on the top three
The floor plates of the building are simple and flexible, with an insitu concrete frame and floor slabs, ensuring that the accommodation can be altered and adapted easily in the future. The use of insitu concrete also provides thermal mass to aid temperature control.
External walls are solid Portland stone on an insulated reinforced concrete backing, with plastered blockwork internally.
High performance double glazed windows.
All levels fully accessible with purpose designed accessible teaching rooms, wash rooms & toilets.
The building is designed to the University’s Sustainable Construction Guide with insulation levels 25% better than building regulations & air tightness 4 times better. Other features;

Automatic lighting system to supplement and enhance daylight levels and
through absence detection via PIRs

LED lighting

Displacement air system

Energy efficient plant and system selection with heat recovery

District heating system utilising UoL steam main

Use of revolving doors to maintain air tightness

The use of low flush toilets with dual flush, push taps

each toilet area linked to an infra-red movement detector.

Green roof areas.

225m2 photovoltaic (PV)

New Project Data
New building
Yes / 2011

Total Floor Area
25,372 m2
Floor Area Open to Public
Shelving Capacity Open Stacks
54,034 linear meters
Shelving Capacity Closed Stacks
39,366 linear meters
Number of Staff
145 FTE
Total Seating Capacity
Group Study Rooms
Individual Study Rooms

Additional Features
Special Rooms

4 teaching / seminar rooms

Special Features
Additional Comments

This surface includes public areas and closed stores. Leeds University Library comprises 5 libraries, 2 galleries and 7 stores. The Laidlaw Library is its newest library building.