Henry Price Building, University of Leeds

Henry Price Building, University of Leeds

University of Leeds


Originally modelled on a Swedish prison, The Henry Price Building is located on the main University of Leeds campus and forms an iconic part of the 1960s redevelopment of the University.

The Grade II listed Henry Price Building was designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, who also designed other Brutalist building in a similar style, such as the Barbican in London.

Bowman Riley provided architecture and interior design on the major refurbishment and alteration of the building to provide 355 self-catered student residential places with ancillary accommodation.

The size of bedrooms and en-suite facilities were predetermined by the original building layout but were substantially modernised. 310 of the bedrooms are on a semi-ensuite basis (two rooms sharing one bathroom) and the remainder have private bathroom facilities. The shared kitchen and dining areas were extended and improved to provide sufficient space and equipment to fully support the needs of flats for nine students.

Externally the upper floor elevations remained the same but were subtly modified to meet the University’s requirements for safety, maintenance and energy efficiency.

The ground floor was updated to be safe, accessible and identifiable throughout the day and night.