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Coronavirus Update

Leeds College of Building is now closed and staff are working remotely.

Further information for students, parents, carers and employers can be found here.

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About Us & Principal

About the College

Leeds College of Building (LCB) is unique. We’re the only further education college in the UK dedicated to construction and the built environment, making us nationally recognised for delivering courses and apprenticeships in this field.

Over the years we have built incredibly robust connections with leading regional, national and international construction organisations. Being able to tap into this network of expertise benefits all our students throughout their studies.

We teach our students the skills and knowledge that employers want. Our teaching and assessment teams, together with the College’s industry links means our curriculum mirrors the current and future needs of the industries within the construction and built environment sector.

The College is currently based over two campuses in Leeds:

  • North Street Campus
  • South Bank Campus


Derek Whitehead was appointed Principal & CEO of Leeds College of Building in January 2019. He started his career at 16 in the construction industry as an Apprentice Carpenter & Joiner, quickly progressing to a management role.

He joined the FE sector in 1985 as a Lecturer at Keighley College and then Section Leader for timber trades.  After leaving Keighley College for promotion to Senior Lecturer at Bolton College, he progressed to Head of Construction & Engineering, as well as carrying out a cross-college self-assessment quality assurance role.  Derek then moved back to Keighley College having been successfully appointed to Head of Construction & Engineering for a short period, and then joined Leeds College of Building in January 2004 as Deputy Principal.

Derek is passionate about education and proud to be part of a unique organisation that supports one of the largest and most diverse employment sectors in the UK.