Sheppard Robson's bold building cements the Leeds Beckett University’s status as a leading light in sport and won Alex Smith the Project Architect of the Year Award
Yorkshire RIBA Regional Award 2022
Contract value: £30.4m
Cost per m2: £3,665
Set among neoclassical neighbours on the Headingley Campus, the Carnegie School of Sport brings facilities previously dispersed among five separate buildings under one spectacular roof – a complex brief answered with great confidence, earning Alex Smith the Project Architect of the Year Award.
Specialist labs, gyms and lecture theatres with bespoke furniture that encourages group work are in two wings flanking a central glazed atrium, which widens towards a view of a running track. Its stair and ceiling are bright red, in counterpoint to monochromatic teaching areas, and hint at the piece de resistance above: an 80m indoor track sitting atop the building like a huge periscope. The bold building cements the university’s status as a leading light in sport, and is not afraid to shout it from the rooftops.