Case Study: University of Leeds

Esther Simpson Building, University of Leeds

Vantage Spaces works with interior designer Kyle Joseph Minnock to create an “oasis of calm” cafe to balance the technology-rich environment of the University of Leeds’ new Business School and School of Law Building.


“We chose Vantage Spaces because of their locality, competitive pricing, flexibility and ability to deliver an installation beyond our expectations. The team have gone out of their way to support and fulfil the installation. Vantage Spaces were key in the delivery of this vision, providing a complete biophilic package that is now one of the most prominent features in the space.”

– Kyle Joseph Minnock, Interior Designer, University of Leeds

Meet the Esther Simpson Building; phase three of a multi-million-pound project to develop the University of Leeds’ new Business School and School of Law Building.

At the heart of this new, technology-rich environment is the building’s cafe—the newly designed space needed to offer a contrasting sense of tranquillity, wellbeing and calm. Plus provide the building’s users with an opportunity to relax and restore.

Across 2021, Vantage Spaces worked with Interior Designer Kyle Joseph Minnock to use biophilic design to equip the students with a cafe they can sit back and unwind in outside of their demanding classes.

To achieve this, our greenery became one of the most prominent features of the space. We provided a variety of over 150 live plants and a panoramic living green wall. Our all-encompassing biophilic package helped Kyle balance the technology-rich environment with an “oasis of calm” for students present and future.


We offer a completely bespoke biophilic design service, working with you and your designers to create a relaxing and welcoming environment.

We provide specialists advice to help you choose the biophilia to suit your space.

We have an ample supply of gorgeous reindeer, bun and flat moss that we can install, with the capacity to build custom designs and with a fast turnaround.

We take the stress of managing your plants by providing an ongoing maintenance service with our biophilia specialists.


Vantage Spaces believe that the simplest things can make a real difference. Connecting with nature through flowers, plants and green walls can make your space a truly great place to collaborate, learn and thrive.

We aren’t just a supplier of plants. We work with our clients and their designers to plan, source, and provide the right plants for their space. We ensure they get the benefits of biophilia and our plants fit within the aesthetics and requirements of the project.

If you want to discuss your project requirements or simply enquire about our selection of plants, feel free to get in touch today!