Transforming energy ratings at Leeds University

The University of Leeds is one of six original “red brick” universities set up around the turn of the 20th century, and the eye-catching Parkinson building emphasises the prestige of the institution itself.

With both a prestigious and historical reputation, this remarkable building had a disappointing 'F' Energy Rating, which was combined with high heating bills and a cold working environment.

To help main contractor, ISG Plc., counter these issues, we installed a suite of horizontal sliders. These secondary windows were selected to remain sympathetic to the character of this iconic building, whilst providing full access to the primary windows for natural ventilation – crucial in the summer months.

As a direct result of this renovation work, an energy rating of ‘C’ was achieved and there has been a huge carbon footprint reduction. Operating costs have also reduced, whilst the student experience at Leeds has been radically improved.

David Oldroyd, Project Manager at University of Leeds, commented:

“The Granada team have fully achieved their part of the brief, providing a unique solution to the thermal issues at Leeds. Their secondary glazing is non-intrusive, and has helped to discreetly renovate this grade II listed building.”