Leeds Beckett University


Wortley, Leeds

Project Value



Live Project Office


Dobson Construction Ltd

Project Brief

Design of a new state of the art single storey building for use as a community centre for the community association including structural and drainage design.
The new community centre has been developed as part of Leeds Beckett University’s Live Project Office (LPO), which is an initiative that gives architecture students the opportunity to work on live projects.


Adept provided a full range of structural and civil engineering services for the development, including full structure design, drainage design and flood risk assessments.
The design used traditional load bearing masonry walls with engineered timber joists for the flat roof. The foundations were strip footings. Adept demonstrated careful coordination with architects proposals to deliver the project on time and within budget.
The new building has doubled the capacity of services provided by New Wortley Community Association, which currently include a job club, youth group, fitness classes, housing advice and multi-agency surgeries. It will also host lunch clubs, residents’ association meetings and give several social enterprise businesses, including the centre’s café and shop, the opportunity to increase income.
Erol Erturan, Managing Director at Adept, says: “It’s been a really inspiring project that has not only given the architecture students a hugely valuable experience, but more importantly ensured that the centre, which is already used by more than 600 people every week, can provide even more valuable facilities and services to the people of New Wortley.”
Leeds Beckett University’s Architecture Lecturer, Simon Warren, says: “Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, and the skilful efforts of our students and partners Adept, we have been able to deliver a stand-out building that will no-doubt improve the quality of life for lots of people in New Wortley.”