Date 11 Jun 2020
Galliford Try has successfully handed over the new £45m Carnegie School of Sport to Leeds Beckett University.
The state-of-the-art facility will be a base for the Carnegie School of Sport’s undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes and provide a hub for the elite athletes who use the university’s sports performance expertise.
The building, located at the university’s Headingley Campus, includes a covered rooftop 60m sprint track that has dedicated performance analysis facilities, as well as research laboratories and a health and wellbeing studio.
Five lecture theatres provide teaching space for the facility, which can cater for more than 1,600 students at capacity.
The building also houses two world-class environmental chambers, which can mimic different altitudes and environments and are capable of achieving temperatures of between -30 °C to +50 °C, relative humidity of 15% to 95% and altitudes up to 8,000 metres.
The chambers will support the university’s ongoing research with the Centre for Human Performance, which focuses on performance in extreme environments, supporting the military and sporting partners.
Peter Mackreth, Dean of the Carnegie School of Sport, said: “Carnegie School of Sport is the UK’s biggest school of its type and this outstanding facility will enable our staff and students to continue to shape the future of sport, changing lives for the better by helping to improve practice, policy and performance.
“We would like to place on record our gratitude to construction group Galliford Try, architects Sheppard Robson and all our partners for their hard work in making this complex project a reality, as well as to Leeds City Council and the local community for their ongoing support.”
Cliff Wheatley, Managing Director of Galliford Try North East and Yorkshire, said: “We are proud to have delivered the Carnegie School of Sport for the staff and students of Leeds Beckett University. The project team and all the stakeholders involved have risen to the challenge of creating a truly world-class facility that will have a significant impact on teaching, research and performance for years to come.”