Carnegie Pavilion
Carnegie Pavilion Leeds, UK The Carnegie Pavilion is a unique ‘dual-use’ Higher Education & Sports facility that will be occupied all year round. It is at one and the same time: a university faculty expanding beyond the campus and embedding itself within the surrounding community, within a working sports ground; and sports facility housing applied higher education - a ‘new paradigm in learning’. Leeds Metropolitan University entered into a unique partnership with Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) – supported by Yorkshire Forward - to not only enable the delivery of the Carnegie Pavilion, but also to provide mutual benefits for both organisations, enhancing higher education, sport and the all round sustainability of the development. The Carnegie Pavilion will accommodate Leeds Met’s School of Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE), where students will benefit from direct exposure to real life sporting events and hospitality. The development incorporates a full-scale teaching kitchen as well as lecture theatres and faculty offices. Students of Digital Journalism will also be based in the building, and will work hands on with the hi-tech facilities of the new Media Centre, designed to meet the latest standards for both TV and radio broadcasting. The dual-use 150 seat Auditorium for example, on major match days, converts into a 100 seat Press Box for cricket journalists, with uninterrupted views of the cricket action. Leeds Met represents an ideal partner for The Yorkshire County Cricket Club, as major cricket matches fall largely outside the university term times, allowing the building to be used throughout the year without conflict of activities. Co-occupation of the building (over 70% of the rooms have been designed for ‘dual-use’) dramatically reduces its running costs, as well as its carbon footprint, when compared with two separate buildings. Indeed, the Carnegie Pavilion has achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard whilst complying with ECB cricketing requirements including the south facing glazed wall providing uninterrupted sightlines. The partnership facilitated the funding of the building and the new facilities have delivered benefits beyond those that Yorkshire County Cricket Club could achieve alone. But more than that: it also represents a deepening of the partnership between the Club and Leeds Metropolitan University which is providing great support to the Club, not only in areas like Strength & Conditioning, Sports Psychology and Sports Science but also in more business-related areas like Marketing and Public Relations. The Carnegie Pavilion will be the location for a unique blend of higher education in a professional setting and a professional sporting base for The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Together the project will create a high quality, educationally exciting and high profile professional face for sport in Leeds. In the dramatically changed context of the current global recession, and its aftermath, the Carnegie Pavilion points towards a new more sustainable model for renewing our urban infrastructure. Clients: Leeds Metropolitan University/Yorkshire County Cricket Club Size: 4,000 sq m Value of Construction Contract: £20 million Completion: May 2010


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