Leeds Beckett University, The Carnegie Teaching and Research building Leeds, UK
The Carnegie Teaching and Research building, at the university’s Headingley Campus, will be home to students and academics from the Carnegie School of Sport.
The £45m building will be a base for the school’s undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes and will provide a hub for the elite athletes who use the university’s sports performance expertise. One of the main features will be a 60m covered rooftop running track, along with an environmental chamber which can mimic different altitudes and environments.
The new facility creates a modern addition to the campus reflecting existing historic buildings through a narrative of vertical fenestration panels and its contemporary material palette. Concave aluminium panels reflect back in reverse Doric columns allowing an interplay of light across the building. The main feature is the elevated 60m competitive indoor running track encased in red anodised panels patterned with a section of muscle – the unifying element across all disciplines within the School.
The new building will unite the School of Sport currently dispersed over five buildings into one for the first time. To facilitate this two blocks running perpendicular to the indoor running track are joined by a central atrium with double height glazing offering long ranging views over outdoor athletics provision visually linking indoor and outdoor use. Adjacencies have also been carefully considered to support collaborative working practices within the School.