Leeds University

Leeds University

In the summer of 2013, the University of Leeds commenced the construction phase of the new Laidlaw Library. Alumnus Lord Irvine Laidlaw supported the project with the largest donation ever received by the University. The £9m gift will see the Laidlaw Library proudly take its place amongst the Universities prestigious academic buildings, providing undergraduate students access to the most up to date learning technologies.

TIS were pleased when requested by the project design team to assist with some of the complex specialist systems enabling works that had to be undertaken in advance of the construction phase.

A major part of the project was the re-location of the existing University security Control Room to allow the existing building to be demolished to make way for the new library. This was a very demanding process as the University had specifically requested that at no time would they be able to safely operate without a fully functioning control room. Through their proven technical ability and experience in managing critical delivery projects TIS completed the re-location and successfully handed over the new Control Room allowing the design team to concentrate on the follow on phases of the project.

Having successfully completed the Control Room re-location, TIS were further requested to provide a complete design and installation review for a fully integrated security system throughout the building. TIS Technical Manager Dale Gregory responded to the request and worked closely with the project consultants Couch Perry & Wilkes to produce the final security systems design package.

Dale commented, “the new Laidlaw Library has been the focus of much close attention around the University campus and the modern striking design will be a feature on the local landscape. The facilities that will be offered to the Undergraduate students will be the best available from any University in the Country and it has been a privilege to be so closely involved. The security systems installation will provide an operational solution that would be expected in such a remarkable building”.

The project is now well underway, due for completion in 2015, and the TIS site team managed by Project Leader Zale Wood are actively involved in the installation of the access control, intruder detection and CCTV elements of the project.

For further information on the Laidlaw Library security systems project, please contact;


Technical Design Manager – Dale.Gregory@tis.co.uk

Project Leader – Zale.Wood@tis.co.uk