Reopening buildings

Updated 24 November 2020

The majority of University buildings have now been re-opened following a great deal of work and planning which has been undertaken to provide a safe working environment for our staff and students.

Questions about reopening of your building

Although a high percentage of buildings are now open we expect the majority of staff to continue to work remotely. Those staff asked to carry out work on campus will be notified.

Which buildings are open and which buildings remain closed?

Follow the links below to find information on which buildings are due to reopen, are now open and which remain closed on campus:

Feedback on the reopening process

We are using Microsoft Forms to capture and consider feedback on the re-opening process. Please use this form, rather than email, to share any comments and questions you have relating to re-opening. Whilst we will not be able to respond to individual questions using this mechanism, your feedback will help to shape the process and future communications.

The information below is up to date at the time of publication and is updated weekly. Specific areas of buildings are open, please check with your building representative with regards to which areas are open.


A-Z of buildings due to reopen

The information below is up to date at the time of publication but is subject to change. It will be updated each Wednesday. Deans, heads of service and directors of research and innovation will be informed of any changes to the information below.

Fairbairn House, reopening 4 January 2021

  • Technical compliance – work underway
  • Water – work underway
  • Health and safety – work underway
  • Building cleaning – work underway
  • Sign-off – to be started

Institute for Transport Studies, reopening 4 January 2021

  • Technical compliance – work underway
  • Water – work underway
  • Health and safety – work underway
  • Building cleaning – work underway
  • Sign-off – to be started

Psychology (37 University Road), reopening 4 January 2021

  • Technical compliance – work underway
  • Water – work underway
  • Health and safety – work underway
  • Building cleaning – work underway
  • Sign-off – to be started

Woodhouse Lane, 169b, reopening from 4 December

Delay with water sampling results

  • Technical compliance – work underway
  • Water – work underway
  • Health and safety – complete
  • Building cleaning – complete
  • Sign-off – to be started

A-Z list of buildings open

  • Astbury Building, open for specific areas
  • Baines Wing, reopen for specific areas
  • Bike Hub, open
  • Blenheim Terrace, 15
  • Brenner Building, open for specific areas
  • Brownlee Centre and Cycle Circuit, open for specific areas (more information on access to sports facilities is available on the Sport & Physical Activity website)
  • Charles Thackrah, open for specific areas
  • Chemical and Process Engineering (school of) and Energy building, open for specific areas
  • Chemistry, open for specific areas
  • Chemistry West, open for specific areas
  • Civil Engineering, open for specific areas
  • Clarendon Building, open for specific areas
  • Clarendon Place, 10, 17 open
  • Cloth Hall Court, open
  • Clothworkers’ Building Link, open
  • Clothworkers’ Building North, open for specific areas
  • Clothworkers’ Central, open for specific areas
  • Clothworkers’ South, open for specific areas
  • Conference Auditorium, open
  • Cromer Terrace Sports Centre, open for specific areas
  • EC Stoner Building, open for specific areas
  • Edward Boyle Library, open for specific areas
  • Electrical Engineering, open for specific areas
  • Emmanuel Centre, open
  • Energy Building, open
  • Facilities Directorate, open
  • Faculty of Biological Sciences Modular Teaching Building, open
  • Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, open for specific areas
  • Food Science, open
  • Garstang (level 7 bio incubator), open
  • Garstang (level 8), open for specific areas
  • Garstang North, open for specific areas
  • Great Hall, open
  • Green room, Conference Auditorium
  • Irene Manton (8.13), open for specific areas
  • Laidlaw Library, open for specific areas
  • LC Miall (8.09, 8.09a, 8.10), open for specific areas
  • Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics, open for specific areas
  • Liberty Building, Western Campus, open for specific areas
  • Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, open for specific areas
  • Maths/Earth and Environment, open for specific areas
  • Maurice Keyworth Building, Western Campus, open for specific areas
  • Mechanical Engineering, open for specific areas
  • Medicine and Health Library, open
  • Michael Sadler Building, open for specific areas
  • Newlyn Building, open for specific areas
  • NEXUS, open for specific areas
  • North Hill Cottage, open
  • North Hill House (North Grange Mount), open
  • North Hill Court (17 and 19 North Grange), open
  • North Hill Road 08, open
  • Parkinson Building, open for specific areas
  • PCI and stage@leeds, open
  • Physics research deck, open for specific areas
  • Roger Stevens Building, open for specific areas
  • Rose Mount (18 North Hill Road), open
  • School of Music and Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, open for specific areas
  • Spen Farm Indoor Herd Building, open
  • Sports Park Weetwood, open (more information on access to sports facilities is available on the Sport & Physical Activity website)
  • Tethers End House, open
  • The Edge, open (more information on access to sports facilities is available on the Sport & Physical Activity website)
  • Weetwood Park Lodge, open
  • Western Lecture Theatre Building, Western Campus, open
  • Willow Terrace Road 05, 07, 09, open
  • Woodsley Terrace 01-08, open
  • Woodhouse Lane 169a
  • Workshop Theatre, open
  • Worsley Building, open for specific areas

Buildings to remain closed

Some of the older and smaller buildings on campus, particularly some of the terraced houses, are harder to make covid-secure. Therefore, with the safety of staff and students a priority, the buildings listed below will remain closed for the foreseeable future. This list will be reviewed on a regular basis if Government safety guidelines change.

  • Beech Grove House
  • Beech Grove Terrace 18
  • Blenheim Terrace 09, 11-14, 17, 18
  • Botany House (13-15 Beech Grove Terrace)
  • Cancer Genetics Building
  • Cemetery Lodge
  • Cavendish Road 03, 05, 07, 09
  • Clarendon Place 10, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 29, 31
  • Cromer Terrace 05, 07, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • Crossroads Farm – Main House
  • English Building
  • Esther Simpson Building
  • Hyde Terrace 30/32 & 48/52 Clarendon Road
  • Jerusalem Chapel
  • Lifton Place 04 (33 Clarendon Place)
  • Lyddon Terrace 07, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 31
  • Lifton Place 5-7
  • Lifton Villas, Lifton Place 01-03 (36 Lyddon Terrace/47 University Road)
  • Mount Preston Street 28a
  • North Hill Road 10
  • N M R Building
  • Physical Education (Pennine Hut Selside Horton in Ribblesdale)
  • Priestley Building
  • Queen Street Leeds 21
  • School of Education (5-9 Hillary Place)
  • Sir William Henry Bragg Building
  • Springfield Mount 04 and 17
  • St Georges Chapel
  • St Wilfred’s Chapel
  • Trinity St Davids Church
  • Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research
  • Woodhouse Lane 155/157, 171, 175/177

Frequently asked questions

What is involved in reopening a building?

Returning buildings to operation is a complex process, involving numerous teams and is governed by health and safety legislation. Whilst this isn’t a linear process the information below outlines the various stages we need to go through to ensure a building is safe to occupy.

  1. Technical compliance: Includes fires and smoke checks, electrical compliance, lifts, mechanical equipment tests. This usually takes around four weeks.
  2. Water compliance: Includes water quality testing and water hygiene (legionella) testing. This usually takes between three and six weeks. Find out what happens if a water test fails.
  3. Health and safety measures: Covid-19 compliance including installation of social distancing signage, hand sanitiser dispensers stations.
  4. Building cleaning: Thorough clean and service of buildings.
  5. Final sign-off: Following the completion of health and safety checks and a visit from the Trade Union each building is signed off by the Re-entry Steering Group.

How do I know if I am personally allowed into a building once it is reopened?

Your faculty, school or service will operate a phased return to buildings to ensure colleagues can work safely with protection measures in place. Your faculty/school or service will notify you when you are able to enter your building. If you are able to go to campus, view our information about the safety measures that are in place.

My building is not on the list, how do I find out when it is being looked at?

The Re-entry Steering Group are coordinating activities with each faculty, school and service to understand the key priorities for research, education and services. The list above indicates the initial areas of buildings that are being reoccupied however, please speak to your head of faculty, school or service for information about future priorities.

How was the building reopening list formed?

The list of buildings to reopen has been formed through a coordinated approach managed by the University Re-entry Steering Group. Each faculty has submitted a list of research activities that need to be carried out on campus. Initially, only specific areas of buildings will be occupied with restricted access to a limited number of staff. In the following phases, there will be a managed process to allow more staff access.

Why has this work not started earlier?

During the lockdown, maintenance activities have continued to ensure that our buildings remain safe to work in. This work has had to be done whilst complying with the lockdown restrictions that the Government had put in place. We have had a limited team on-site to regularly flush out the water in buildings and carry out health and safety work such as fire alarm testing for all buildings. However, it is a complex process to re-open areas of buildings and ensure that the environment in a building is both compliant with not only COVID-19 government guidance, but health and safety regulation. Following confirmation of the areas of buildings that are required, teams have been working hard to make them as safe as possible and ready for people to return.

There are two types of water sample tests taken for each building. A Water Quality Test and a Water Hygiene Test.

The Water Hygiene or Legionella testing identifies the existence of the Legionella bacteria commonly found in water. It is a legal duty to carry out a Legionella and Water Hygiene Risk Assessment to identify and assess whether there is a risk posed by exposure to Legionella from the hot and cold water system or any work associated with it. This process can take up to three weeks.

The test results will indicate which water sample area within a building has failed and why. This will allow the Estates team to investigate the matter, take mitigating actions and once resolved, send a new water sample off for testing. Once these initial results are returned a decision can be taken on the suitability of the area to be reopened. Water sample testing takes place externally by an independent organisation, who test thousands of water samples daily, and more recently due to COVID-19 have been inundated with exceptionally high water sample testing requests which has increased the length of time it takes for testing to be done.

Throughout the water testing process, the dean of the faculty or head of school will be made aware of any issues and informed of the next steps. Re-testing of water samples for Legionella can take up to a further three weeks however, we are in close contact with the testing laboratories to reduce these timelines as much as possible. The information will also be updated on this webpage.