Roland Levinsky Building

The Roland Levinsky Building is located opposite Drake Circus Shopping Centre in the heart of Plymouth city centre. For more information on how to find us, see Plymouth maps and travel.

University of Plymouth, 
Roland Levinsky Building, 
Drake Circus, 
PL4 8AA 

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Our prestigious flagship Roland Levinsky Building welcomed students, staff and visitors inside for the first time in 2007.

With forward-looking teaching spaces, a new home for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, the University's student information gateway and The Arts Institute, it’s a striking focal point for the University and city alike.

Facilities include the Jill Craigie Cinema, lecture theatres, a gallery, restaurant, office space, general teaching areas, incubation space and facilities for graphics, fine arts, 3D design, and architecture.

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<p>The Roland Levinsky Building<br></p>
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The Levinsky Gallery

Featuring exhibitions from world-renowned artists alongside new arts stars of tomorrow, The Levinsky Gallery offers a sometimes provocative, sometimes beautiful and always thought-provoking experience.
Previously featured artists include: Award-winning artist Trevor Bell, Turner-prize winning artist Douglas Gordon, leading graphic designer, Ivan Chermayeff, Dorothy Cross, one of Ireland's leading international artists and internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor, Peter Randall-Page.
All exhibitions are free and include related events for you to learn about the artists and exhibits through gallery tours and artists and curator talks, as well as fun events for the family.
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<p>The Roland Levinsky Building<br></p>

The Roland Levinsky Building


The Container Cafe

The University’s most unique cafe on campus, with a focus on high-quality handmade food which is created on campus by our Hospitality catering team.

The Container cafe's food and drink is a continuation of the Hospitality Shop, with the Container being the new collection point for food boxes and other food supplies. Walk in or pre-order picnic boxes, sweet treats, bakes and breakfast croissants, as well as hot and cold drinks from a barista using organic coffee locally roasted from Owen's Coffee.

<p>Container Cafe in RLB Building.&nbsp;</p>

This 12,711m2 building was part-funded by the EC's European Regional Development Fund and South West Regional Development Agency. Concept designers for the project were Danish architects, Henning Larsens Tegnestue, based in Copenhagen. Executive architects were Building Design Partnership, from the practice's Bristol office, who progressed the concept design through to completion.

Sustainable construction

The Roland Levinsky Building has a number of sustainable features:

  • It incorporates a copper wrap exterior for longevity, as well as recyclable properties and exposed concrete walls to provide thermal mass to maximize temperature control.
  • The roof uses roof lights to flood the atrium with natural light and is home to a 6,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank that supplies the toilets.
  • A 2.2kW photovoltaic system powers the lighting in the cafe, which is also surrounded by Pilkington Suncool glass to reduce solar gain.
  • The remaining lighting consists of low energy LEDs operated by proximity sensors for lighting control.
  • The lecture theatres have separate air handling units to provide air conditioning only when needed.
  • The building uses the cross point atrium space to utilise a low energy ventilation system, where fresh air is drawn into the building through below ground level air ducts.

Professor Roland Levinsky

Roland Levinsky, an internationally renowned immunologist, performed the UK's first successful children’s bone-marrow transplant at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1979 and was one of the first UK scientists to obtain funding for gene therapy clinical trials for treating children with immunodeficiency conditions. A great teacher and mentor who lectured internationally and co-authored many important research papers, as well as editing several books on immunodeficiency diseases. As Dean of the Institute of Child Health in London, Professor Levinsky transformed the organisation into a top-class research institution.

On appointment as Vice-Chancellor to the University in 2002 he began building a strong university centralised on a single site, enabling the arts and sciences to interact with each other.


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Professor Roland Jacob Levinsky (1943–2007)