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11 Oct 2016

The University of Leeds has given approval to plans to create a £96m Centre for Engineering and Physical Sciences on the north eastern part of its campus. 

The new of the project, the largest, single-project investment ever to have been made on campus, follows last month's announcement marking Leeds City Council's approval of Nexus - a £40m innovation and enterprise centre, set to open in 2018.

Approved by the council, the university's governing body, earlier this month (October 2016), the new 169,000 sq ft centre will bring together schools in the Faculty of Engineering, with those in Physical Sciences, involving the relocation of the Schools of Computing and Physics and Astronomy.

The facility will include first-class laboratory and specialised teaching spaces, enabling cutting-edge research, and outstanding student experience, while enhancing the university's research power and strengthening collaboration with industry.

A university spokesman said it was also "great news" for the region, with the investment "further strengthening the university's ability to attract major research funding with a consequential impact on the Leeds City Region economy".

Professor Lisa Roberts, deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation, said: "The university already has a strong, global reputation for its pioneering science and engineering research, but currently some disciplines that are, and should be, working together are spread across campus."

The next stages of the project involve presenting the plans to the Leeds City Council planning committee later this year.

It is hoped work can start on site in early 2017, with full project completion is scheduled for 2020.