New Portland Entrance creates dramatic change to visual façade
5 January 2017 - Scarlett Armstrong
The new entrance to Portland Way, located on our City Campus, was officially opened for students, staff and visitors in January 2017.
This development highlights the University’s commitment to continued investment in improving our estate and infrastructure as well as enhancing the student experience. Portland Way acts as the main entrance into the Portland and Calverley buildings from the Rose Bowl providing an impressive focal point for the building and signifies the commencement of works which will eventually create a heart to the City Campus.
The development of the entrance included the installation of Portland Wall, a collection of HD screens which provides a backdrop to show and exhibit our students’ work, alongside that of our colleagues and industry professionals. Content displayed at the launch included material from students across a number of creative courses including: Broadcast Media Technologies, Graphic Art and Design, Fine Art, Art and Design and the Northern Film School as well as notable alumni Jack Wolff and Samela Otovic, Dr Katy Shaw and Paul Morley, author of Words & Music and former NME journalist.
The area provides space to meet and socialise, to undertake informal social learning as well as providing a connection to more formal learning spaces and multiple food and beverage outlets. It is also conveniently located opposite the Students' Union offices.
David Hemming, Head of Estates, said: “The opening of the Portland Entrance signifies the University’s commitment to develop a number of spaces across our estate. We are delighted to be able to provide such an impressive environment for our students and staff to enjoy as well as providing a platform to showcase all their great work.”
If you would like to discuss displaying student work on Portland Wall, please contact Gemma Povey, Partnerships Manager on 0113 812 3910 or G.Povey@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.