The Carnegie Pavilion at Headingley is a unique 'dual-use' higher education and sports facility that is 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) 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 accommodates Leeds Met's School of Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE), where students benefit from direct exposure to live sporting events and hospitality. The development incorporates a full-scale teaching kitchen as well as lecture theatres and faculty offices. Students of digital journalism are also based in the building, and 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, on major match days, converts into a 100-seat press box for cricket journalists, with uninterrupted views of the cricket action.
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. The Carnegie Pavilion has achieved BREEAM 'Excellent' standard whilst complying with ECB cricketing requirements including the south-facing glazed wall providing uninterrupted sightlines.
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