Having outgrown their current premises, Leeds Building Society consolidated their three current buildings spread across the city in to their newly acquired riverside location in Leeds. DLA won the commission to refurbish, revitalise and re-imagine the outdated existing riverside building to become the new prestigious Headquarters for the Society. DLA were asked, as lead designers, to help guide the senior management team through the the key steps culminating with a high quality refurbishment of their new building.
Working through a series of detailed interior design workshops with the SMT and other LBS representatives DLA have created a vibrant and stimulating refurbishment that responds to the Society’s core values of inclusivity and collaboration and accurately reflects the aspirational brief and operational requirements of the stakeholders. The design concept, which revolves around opening the the Central Atrium up at ground floor to create a cafe and informal work/ meeting space, and then creating ‘floating bridges’ in the 5 storey glazed atrium to connect the disparate wings of office accommodation at the upper levels is very much at the heart of the project. This clever introduction of the bridges suspends glazed meeting rooms, with open breakout space above, and provides new links across the atrium at all levels. The upper floor office areas maintain a simple and efficient collaborative layout, punctuated with areas of support facilities and team working areas to provide a flexible, varied and responsive working environment to suit all departmental needs.
The scheme consists of a 14-storey hotel catering for business and leisure guests and features 331 short and extended stay rooms, on-site gym and meeting facilities. Restaurant, bar and café areas sit within a double height colonnade space spilling out the rain gardens and water features of the urban parkscape.
The design for the façade takes inspiration from the surrounding architecture, the wider characteristic historic vernacular as well as using form and shadow to create elevational interest. The extruded mass, which has been informed through a long term dialogue with Wind & Microclimate Engineers, has been split to create two main elements, responding to their appropriate aspects. These elements share an architectural language and tripartite composition but are differentiated through variation in their tone. Brick has been chosen as the most appropriate material to integrate with both the historic and contemporary urban fabric of the area with the two brick tones creating a response and transition from the predominant terracotta tones of the neighbouring period and twentieth century buildings, desaturating to more civic tones to the open landscaped public square to create a sense of lightness.
DLA Architecture is working on the project with property developer and investor Marrico, RBA as cost consultants and project monitor, CSD as M&E consultants, Curtins as structural engineers, Quod as planning consultants and Re-form as landscape architects.
Full planning approval was obtained in March 2020 for the demolition of the existing tower and redevelopment of the existing Technology Campus site into high quality Student Residential Accommodation with ground floor commercial uses.
The scheme designs respond to the historic urban grain of the surrounding streets, which was lost through the development of the Technology Campus site (previously known as Kitson College) in the 1950s. Our design concept creates three interlinked elements reflecting the historic street pattern and graduating in height up to a 20-storey tower fronting onto Woodhouse Lane whilst respecting the civic buildings of Millennium Square.
The tower is designed to contribute to Leeds City Centre ‘way-finding markers’ as part of the strategic north-south route. The scheme also incorporates new courtyards which are characteristic of Leeds, fronting onto Cookridge Street and Vernon Street. The scheme includes four commercial units to enhance activity and natural surveillance within the area. Potential off-site highways enhancement to the public realm including street trees, repaving and repair works to the existing cobbles on Vernon Street are addressed as part of a wider landscape enhancements in conjunction with Leeds City Council.
Through our site research, we established the building saw the penning of the classic Pink Floyd song ‘See Emily Play’ by frontman Syd Barrett in 1967. In 2007 the Technology Campus unveiled a plaque recognising the historical importance of this song. Acknowledging this legacy, our proposal features a ‘sound wave’ pattern in a contemporary and abstract form, which is integrated into the restraint panels that enables occupants to have opening windows. Furthermore, the design of the public realm also echoes the soundwaves and lyrics within the courtyard paving design that runs through the entrance area connecting north and south courtyards.
The scheme consists of 629 BTR Apartments, 548 Student bedspaces, 120 key Aparthotel with 22,000sqft of Co-Working Office, 131,000sqft of Grade A Office & retail units all set within a new parkscape.
Our design creates a family of 4 different buildings with individual, contextual character but harmonised through a common architectural language with a tonal colour shift across the site moving from the Conservation area and Leeds’ traditional red brick hues to a paler, more contemporary palette towards the West End.
Construction is set to commence Spring/Summer 2022.
St Paul’s House is a breathtaking Grade II listed Moorish-Venetian building overlooking Park Square in Leeds city centre. Originally designed by Thomas Ambler in the Hispano Moorish style, it is widely regarded as one of the city’s architectural highlights.
Bought by new owners in 2014, DLA Design was instructed to undertake its extensive refurbishment into contemporary Grade A office space across five floors.
With a focus on tenant appeal and sustainability, the sensitive refurbishment covered every inch of the building.
Entry on the ground floor is to a minimalist reception area, leading to new stairs, lobbies, lifts and toilets. To the office floors, a full strip out allowed the installation of new air conditioning, LED lighting with intelligent controls, new raised floors, and new tenant facilities including security card swipe access, cycle storage, showers and lockers.
Up on the fifth floor, the mansard was replaced in its entirety with a new glazed façade offering spectacular views of the city. The building’s energy efficiency is topped off by brise soliel and a newly insulated roo
Client : Royd House Properties (Central Square) Ltd
Central Square is a spectacular new office and retail complex located within 2 minutes walk of Leeds train station.
An emblem of the city’s ambition, the landmark development binds together a dynamic business district to create a vibrant new destination for the public and tenants.
The much-anticipated development is a mixed-use scheme of high-spec, sustainable offices at the upper levels atop restaurant, shopping and leisure at ground and first floor levels, opening up to an inviting new ‘winter garden’ and atrium creating stunning new public realm and improved pedestrian connections. Nestled within an area of special architectural and historic interest, DLA Architecture’s vision for Central Square embraces both its cherished past and its prosperous future.
King’s Court is located in the heart of Leeds and was originally designed and constructed in 1989. Known as the historic quarter, the arrival of Channel 4’s undoubtedly marks a significant step forward for the long-term success of Leeds and the wider area.
The building is set out over seven floors with a net internal area of 50,000 ft² with basement car parking providing. The building was originally designed for the previous tenant Walker Morris who occupied the building from 1989 up to the law firm’s relocation in 2019.
The existing building fabric is being retained, enhanced and extended to provide Grade A office space within the centre of Leeds. Working with new standards, improved hygiene specifications, contact tracing and physical distancing measures are the primary tools for keeping employees safe within their place of work. 12 King Street is a Smart enabled building incorporating Internet of Things sensors throughout and a Building Management System which will provide intelligent building services providing fully automated smart controls, together with monitoring of use of workspaces across the building. This will allow the building and its management team to learn and adapt to the needs of its user and provide greater operational efficiencies and savings. One of the most impressive features of 12 King Street is the 7th floor, with a Communal Sky Lounge providing an inspirational space which opens out on to a 360-degree roof garden providing extensive panoramic views of the Leeds skyline accessible to all the occupiers of 12 King Street and their visitors as a communal space to meet, relax and entertain.
The Majestic opened as a 2,400-seat super cinema in 1922. It was badly damaged by a fire in 2014 leaving a redundant shell and fragments of the Beaux-Arts style interior. Through a truly iterative process and the shared vision of the Project Team, Client, City Planners and Historic England, the iconic Grade II listed building has been re-imagined, reinterpreted and repurposed, given a new life to a much loved Leeds asset.
The Majestic presented a unique opportunity to evolve a new build intervention within the beautiful existing fabric of architectural faience, prolonging the useful life by creating a new chapter in the building’s history and transforming how a new generation of users can experience it.
From the outset the design approach sought to complement, rather than compete. Integral to this was the notion of re-interpretation – to pay homage to the building’s past whilst looking forward to its future.
The design preserves and enhances the existing external fabric whilst inserting a new 66,000 sq.ft. exemplary Grade A workspace within, across seven floors. The external aesthetic uses the existing building façade as a recognisable solid plinth from which a more delicate and diaphanous contemporary structure can emerge, designed to mediate between the Majestic and its neighbouring buildings. Reflecting the grandeur of the original interior, its elegance and style has been captured in various moments encountered throughout the new design.
Like the original design the building has a number of hidden gems for its occupants to discover, such as the grand Palm Court to the rear of the building which is a five storey, circular atrium topped with a glazed dome; a re-interpretation of the historic access arrangement of the original cinema.
The buildings cinematic past can be seen to have evolved with a thematic synergy with the Majestic been chosen as the new home of Channel 4, placing the Television network’s HQ in the heart of the city. The commitment to this reimagined building is a testament to the ambitious vision of the client, design team and indeed the Leeds City Region.
Leeds Arts University has been a rite of passage for some of the world’s most decorated artists, including Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, Danny Sangra and Thomas Houseago.
With its Blenheim Walk site close to capacity, DLA Architecture worked alongside the university to ensure it can grow to meet the ongoing demand for places and inspire future students.
Approval was granted for the development of this next generation environment for art and design education totaling 62,250 sq ft. The scheme consists of a state-of-the-art auditorium, group study space and breakout areas with a new library and an exhibition space to showcase the creativity of students. An ancillary café and new public art gallery encourage wider engagement in the university, while meeting rooms and an enterprise centre are the main focus of the college’s engagement with regional businesses as part of its ambitious employability agenda for students and alumni.
Reimagining the site on an existing Blenheim Walk car park, it acts as a natural extension to the campus, connecting the art university with Leeds Beckett’s Broadcasting Place, Leeds University’s Parkinson building and the wider historic campus around St George’s Field.
Plans for a new multi-million teaching facility at the University of Leeds were unanimously approved at a vote of Leeds City Plans Panel. The new building is primarily occupied by Leeds University Business School, and is the third phase in an ongoing multi-million pound investment to support their expansion and provide world class facilities to students of business, economics and law.
Accommodation includes specialist trading rooms, behavior labs, collaborative teaching spaces and 2 large auditoriums, as well as generous breakout spaces and a new café at ground floor level.
Located on Lyddon Terrace adjacent to a row of listed terrace properties, the building sits within an extensive new landscape scheme, the aim of which is to create a sequential journey, stitching the new teaching block into the wider public realm and reinforcing the connections between the University’s central core and Western Campus.
Care has been taken to respect both the character of the conservation area and the retained mature trees, with design quality and the integration of the building with the landscape forming a key part of the schemes success.
Working with our existing client, Maple Grove Developments, we obtained planning permission in December 2019 for the proposed demolition and redevelopment of the existing office building adjacent to Park Lane. Main Contractor GMI Construction commenced works on site in March 2020 under controlled Covid lockdown guidelines, with a light gauge steel framed (LGSF) construction due to the tight urban grain with the 188 bed project being handed over to operator Unipol September 2021.
The scheme design responds to the historic grain of the Hanover Square/Woodhouse Square Conservation Area to preserve and enhance its setting through a concept creating a series of linked townhouses, facetted to respond to the curving site boundary fronting on to Park Lane and reflecting the historic street pattern. The scheme graduates in height from 3 to 6 storeys with a mixture of brick & zinc facades, terminating in a ‘bookend pavilion’ that completes the streetscape and views from Hanover Square.
The proposal was designed to form a transition between the higher rise, denser sites to the south, adjacent to the Kirkstall Road corridor and the 2 to 3 storey residential housing to the north. Off-site highways enhancements to the public realm included improved footpath links and crossing points within the immediate vicinity of the site, together with traffic calming measures to reduce the dominance of the car. Although the Building is not identified as a “relevant building” under the approved documents, the Design Team agreed that the façade would follow the spirit of this where possible, with the external wall construction conforming to non-combustible standards (a2, s1, d0).
DLA designed student bedrooms, studios and shared living spaces – including the ground floor collaboration spaces, cardio suite, reception and common room. The ground floor uses are designed to enhance both activity and natural surveillance within the immediate area.
Our detailed contextual analysis identified the importance of preserving long distance views to local landmarks such as the Church of St Bartholomew and the dominant Armley Prison, both of which are Grade II* Listed. Through consultation with the local residents group, the scheme incorporates new tree and wildflower planting on the greenspace to further enhance these views.
Working with Metropolitan and District Securities, DLA has secured full planning consent for the proposed redevelopment of a site at Quarry Hill, known as St Cecilia Place. The residential led mixed use scheme consists of 352 apartments along with communal residential facilities, amenity spaces, commercial units which will provide residential accommodation to meet the growing needs of the city and ‘build to rent’ market.
The design and palette of materials recognises the historic building fabric and characteristics of the island site whilst complementing recently completed local developments, such as the new Leeds City College and the buildings approved as part of the adjacent SoYo masterplan by Moda Living. The scale and massing has been heavily influenced by the topography of the site and its immediate context which includes an established inverted massing curve whereby the proposed buildings increase in scale on a north south axis towards the ring road, whilst also responding to a second design curve that continues the stepping rhythm created by the recently completed Leeds City College Building which accentuates the form of the island site.
The design concept provides a series of elegant interlinked tall buildings ranging in height from 19, 20 and 22 storeys and sited in the grid arrangement originally established by Terry Farrell masterplan in 1990. The elevations have been developed on a robust grid approach, with deep reveals and brick detailing to reflect the immediate context. A significant level of both internal and external amenity space is provided for occupiers creating a combination of both public spaces at ground level and large communal roof gardens exclusively for residents creating vibrant spaces with far reaching views of the wider city. The building forms create two south facing landscaped courtyards, along with ecological and visual enhancement of the retained landscape corridor to the north of the site which forms part of the wider Leeds Habitat Network.
Given the height of the scheme significant work has been undertaken as the design has evolved to ensure the development does not impact on the surrounding area or pedestrian comfort through a detailed wind analysis, and more recently a physical wind tunnel assessment by the BRE.
The scheme is also located in close proximity to the Leeds District Heating Network and early dialogue has been undertaken on the potential to connect the development to further enhance its sustainability credentials.
Finally, the development will form the final piece of the wider Quarry Hill masterplan, which is known as the cultural quarter of Leeds and includes Leeds Playhouse, the Northern Ballet and Leeds College of Music Auditorium. The site itself is located on St Cecilia Street and through early consultation we established St Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and therefore, it felt appropriate the development should be known as St Cecilia Place.
PARKINSON BUILDING, ACCESSIBILITY ENHANCEMENTS : UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Grade 2 listed, Parkinson Building is a landmark in Leeds and every year forms an iconic backdrop for thousands of students’ graduation photos.
Unfortunately despite being a major focal point for student and visitor gatherings, the steep front steps, poor lighting, lack of handrails and tactile features, have for many years also meant that the main entrance is not accessible for some students and staff.
This project originated in a University desire to ensure all visitors, students and staff were able to enter this iconic building via the same entrance, have the same experience and be equally inspired.
Having worked closely with the Local Authority Conservation Officer to develop proposals sympathetic to the listed building, the entity of the steps have now been replaced in Portland Stone to match the original finish, but with the introduction of tactile warning surfaces carved into the stone, and visually contrasting strips provided to the stair treads in high quality granite.
New handrails and a new central balustrade have also been added in brass to match existing ironmongery along with additional lighting, whilst a new lift tower will finally render the building entrance accessible to wheelchair users in time for the start of academic year 2019.
The lift tower is constructed in Portland Stone, and includes cladding details inspired by the detailed ironmongery and ornate fretwork on the main entrance doors to the building, achieving an end result that is both crisp, modern and most importantly functional, whilst still in keeping with the historic context.
DLA completed the phase I refurbishment of the Worsley Building, which has been occupied by the university’s School of Medicine since 1979. The refurbishment is designed to be a highly functional, vibrant and contemporary internal reorganisation to provide state of the art office, teaching spaces and ‘safe data rooms’ for data analysis. The works also include the creation of a new cafe and main entrance to the building.
DLA’s interiors team were commissioned by the University of Leeds to assist with the interior design of a prestigious new Library.
Working alongside the project Architect, DLA’s interiors team advised the Client on colour schemes, interior finishes and FF&E supply and procurement.
The project scope was then extended to include the design of a full wayfinding and signage strategy, which visually referenced the furniture and colour proposals. This included a full wall feature graphic in recognition of the donors whose generosity ensured the commissioning of the Laidlaw Library.
The 1500m² teaching hub for Leeds University Business School comprises 100 person flexible flat floor rooms and smaller seminar spaces.
Located within the heart of Leeds Little Woodhouse conservation area, the 2 to 3 storey building draws from the surrounding Victorian context with external elevations constructed in complementary brick supplemented by natural look timber cladding.
Built in amongst existing mature trees, construction has utilised off site modules painstakingly craned into position, delivering the scheme within a tight site boundary and preserving the character of the tree lined street.
Ventilation and cooling is provided locally within each teaching room using a hybrid natural ventilation system which can efficiently heat or cool circulating air using phase changing materials. The numerous intakes and exhausts this approach requires are discreetly incorporated into the timber cladding to maintain the desired external aesthetic, employing novel detailing to deliver a contemporary building which remains sensitive to its surroundings whilst achieving industry leading sustainable credentials.
Internally circulation spaces are treated with a graphics scheme which celebrates the life and work of Professor of Economics Walter Newlyn (1915 – 2002), in whose honour building is named. All larger teaching rooms are dual aspect, producing a building with a light airy feel throughout.
The scheme comprised the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Roberts Mart ‘Banks Mill’ and the construction of two new residential blocks overlooking the River Aire. The development provides 198 one and two bedroom apartments and 11,700 sq ft of open plan office space. The mill building was sensitively transformed to incorporate the existing brick vaulted ceilings, cast iron columns and industrial sliding doors to create spectacular open plan living space. The design of the new blocks echo’s the rhythm and form of the existing mill structure and local industrial architecture, with a contemporary interpretation.
The Public Realm created at Brewery Wharf has greatly enhanced the character of the scheme and played an integral role in the impact this development has had. The landscape proposals have breathed life into the public spaces surrounding the new buildings and gone a long way to encourage people back into this area of the city. DLA developed an initial Urban Design Framework, produced in 1997, which helped to set the design principles, massing and location for the buildings and spaces at Brewery Wharf. This framework specifically reflected and responded to the site’s relationship to its immediate environs and the wider City and provided a strong foundation for the detailed design and delivery of six separate phases over a 10 year period.
These phases included the design and deliver of a variety of buildings including over 75,000 sq ft of office accommodation, bar and restaurant space, 152 apartments and a 250 bedroom hotel.
The final phase, known as One Brewery Wharf culminates in a dramatic glazed ‘shard’ that rises vertically and creates a visually dynamic form and building identity for the whole site.
The Echo development, located in the emerging East Bank area of Leeds, provides over 450 units of residential accommodation located on a major arterial route into the city.
The design for this highly prominent development has taken its lead from an art inspired approach to architecture. Working with an artist and sculptor throughout the design process, DLA’s plans for the buildings at Echo have a unique sculptural and artistic influence. In addition to the residential and commercial accommodation, Echo has a truly European feel to it due to the provision of public open space in the form of a ‘Pocket Park’.
Storm Jameson Court is a student halls of residence consisting of two hotel style buildings containing 457 study bedrooms, 23 of which are fully accessible and all with en-suite bathroom pods.
Additional facilities within the development include a large student common room, laundry, administration facilities and landscaped courtyard gardens. The University also uses these facilities for the accommodation of delegates during out-of-term conferences. This £21.5m project started on site in September 2009, and was completed in July 2010 achieving a BREEAM “very good” rating.
The design addresses a challenging context with a varied palette of materials, DLA drew inspiration from the tonal quality of the established built form of the brown and buff brick built properties.
The staggered pigmento brown zinc cladding vertical cassette provided a light-weight cladding solution that allowed the contractor to utilise a more cost effective light steel frame structural solution across the 10 storey structure.
The matt finish of the zinc is complemented by the inset metallic gold panels within the window system emphasising the staggered window arrangement.
The scheme created a series of new spaces around the building both public and private, enhancing the public realm and creating new public routes to the universities and city centre.
Second to perhaps only the Barbican in London, the collegiate campus at The University of Leeds is one if the finest examples of ‘Brutalist’ architecture and is a landmark in university planning in its scale and breath of purpose by renowned British architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. Thirty years on from their creation, the campus buildings of the University were beginning to feel the pressure from the 33,000 students who studied within them.
DLA undertook the full refurbishment of the Social Sciences Building inside and out with a key focus on providing a new identity for the building and its occupants, rationalizing and fully re-planning the internal layout and improving internal comfort.
STAGE @ LEEDS, PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE : UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
The ‘Stage@Leeds’ provides a range of facilities for the School of Performing Arts and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. Located on the main city campus, the new building provides a main theatre for public performances, smaller teaching theatre, full back-of-house facilities, front-of-house multi-media entrance foyer and atrium, general teaching space, faculty offices and staff areas. The distinctive design concept for the building takes its inspiration from the Victorian Street patterns previously present on site and utilises a strong linear theme on the external facade.
The use of dark coloured cladding, set against the adjacent glazed entrance/atrium space, works to create a sense of drama and makes a prominent architectural contribution to the campus and wider city.
The project was a winner at the Leeds Architecture Awards for New Building and was also short-listed for the 2008 RIBA Awards.
DLA have worked at the University of Leeds Students Union on a number of projects spanning over 10 years. The most recent and most ambitious to date is a complete £15 m internal reorganisation masterplan of their key spaces and circulation areas to improve accessibility, legibility & wayfinding along with improving student social space and unlocking the commercial potential of some of their less popular retail spaces.
This project includes a new build 3 storey southern entrance space and the opening up of an existing light well to provide a central atrium focal point along with a rationalisation of the accessibility strategy, the complete refurbishment of 3 cafes & bars, 2 theatre spaces (130 seat & 200 seat spaces), 3 new dance studios, multifunctional ‘Market Square’ for various student led enterprises with tenanted food and retail outlets around the edge. A newly refurbished main entrance foyer links into the new central atrium which taps into the refectory entrance increasing potential footfall into the Union and visually connects the facilities on offer on upper and lower floors that were previously hidden.
After a long consultation process with the student societies and user groups, and development of a robust phasing strategy to keep the building operational throughout, two of the three phases are now complete with the third phase completed in August 2017.
Described as a ‘distinctive piece of 21st Century architecture’ by the Leeds Civic Trust, this award winning building provides facilities for the BBC and Leeds College of Music.
The structure itself houses 23,000 sq ft of high specification offices and studio space for the BBC, alongside a 360 seat auditorium for Leeds College of Music. Located in an emerging quarter of the city, the building combines the needs of both end-users and makes a positive contribution to the Leeds skyline – with a newly created public square greatly enhancing the general amenity in this area of Leeds.
Lion House is a grade II listed building. The project comprises the refurbishment and extension of the building to create six new high quality residential apartments at first, second and third floor levels, including a rooftop extension, whilst retaining office accommodation at lower and upper ground floor levels.
The proposals have been designed to manage change in a way that conserves and enhances the character and appearance of the Leeds City Centre Conservation Area and celebrate the building’s special architectural and historic interest; thereby facilitating its long term, sustainable use, ensure that it will be protected for future generations.
FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES : UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
DLA have refurbished various spaces for the Faculty of Biological Sciences the adjacent buildings of LC Miall and Manton. DLA took the brief to refurbish the existing FBS space in the LC Miall & Manton building to provide flexible and responsive teaching labs, biomechanics labs and a new reception area, admin offices and post graduate areas. This refurbishment involved liaison with LA conservation and EH to deliver a refreshed vision for FBS and was delivered in 2 phases.
Specialist labs facilities include for pharmacology, neuroscience departments and a small microscopy lab.
Park Here was a self-initiated project by DLA Design seeking to enhance the neighbourhood in which our office is based, on St Paul’s Street, Leeds.
A collaboration with the local business community, we invited ideas from staff and neighbours around the provocation of ‘Re-imagining St Paul’s Street’.
A temporary ‘parklet’ kick-started the project in Summer 2015, transforming an ordinary parking space into a temporary inner city sanctuary, designed and built by DLA’s Landscape & Urban Design team
The intervention caught the imagination of passersby, eliciting a flurry of new ideas, including wider pavements, fewer cars, more trees and welcoming seating.
The consultation was developed into a masterplan for the street and was celebrated by a second installation in September 2016: a ‘pocket park’ utilising parking bays on the corner of St Paul’s Street and Park Square West.
DLA completed the full refurbishment of Yorkshire Bank’s headquarters in Leeds. The team devised new interior design concepts for this 1970’s building including all public areas, office floor plates and top floor Director’s Suite. Working closely with the client, the final design proposal incorporated the company’s corporate colours to ensure the general areas are differentiated from the more luxurious Director’s Suite.
This is a flagship development in the southwestern corner of the new Millennium Square, enjoying uninterrupted views of the Civic and Town Halls. The scheme includes fifteen luxury apartments and five duplex apartments at high level, above a ground floor restaurant fronting onto the square.
INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNICATION STUDIES : UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
The successful refurbishment and restoration of the Wool Division Building at the University of Leeds has given the property a new lease of life and transformed a tired and ailing Grade II listed building into a cutting edge, high-tech hub building for the Institute of Communications Studies.
Incorporating TV Studios, Media Editing Suites, a Radio Studio and 60 Seat Cinema, the new vibrant and contemporary interior reflects the departments’ progressive image and strikes a bold contrast between the historic fabric and its new contemporary use. The external envelope has been sensitively restored and the thermal performance considerably improved to bring it up to modern energy consumption standards giving the building a new sustainable future for the next 25-30 years.
Originally the Institute of Communications Studies was based in a number of separate buildings across campus and suffered a number of operational inefficiencies as a consequence. The conversion of the Wool Division Building allowed the department to bring together the disparate elements into a single building creating a central hub that would cater for all their operational and teaching needs. Considering the future flexibility and longevity of the building were key drivers in the design process. The capacity to make future alterations as the departments needs develop with time was incorporated in ways such as lightweight demountable partitions for ease of future reconfiguration internally.
The carbon footprint of the building was also taken into consideration, and the energy performance target set at 100kwh/m2 per annum. This is a large improvement on its previous performance and will substantially reduce future running costs.
This unique building houses the regional headquarters of the BBC in the same building as the Leeds College of Music. The two facilities are connected by an atrium with the cafe-bar used by employees and students alike, which helps to create a more balanced environment and keeps the building in use out of term time.
This building has won various awards including the Peoples Award for Architecture in 2003 and provides a 360-seat auditorium, 20,000 sqft of offices and bi-media studios, and the striking architecture acts as a Gateway to the Cultural Quarter of the City.
Formerly West Riding House this landmark building in the city required a new ‘look’. DLA Architecture were commissioned to refurbish the public spaces and to reconfigure the main reception including a new façade and signage.
We provided schemes for the office floor refurbishment, lift lobbies, stairs and main reception, including lighting proposals and unique artworks.
The building façade was removed and the building reclad with a rain screen system, planar glazing a glass canopy and a sculptural feature sign which has given the building a new presence on Albion Street.