A new chapter for Leeds' Civic Quarter

514 Student Beds
514 Student Beds
Metropolitan & District Securities Ltd
Architecture, Interior Design
Due Summer 2024

01 Overview

The 514-bed scheme, set in the heart of Leeds City Centre, provides new build student accommodation and associated high-quality amenity space within a short walking distance of university campuses. The 20-storey tower becomes the tallest building DLA have completed whilst also being one of the first commercial developments with a connection to Leeds District Heating system.

02 Responding to the urban context

TriBeKa’s architectural expression is sensitive to its urban context, aligning with Leeds’ historic street pattern and conservation areas. Its form transitions from 6-8 to 20 storeys, creating a visual connection with surrounding landmarks and reinforcing the civic quarter’s character.


The site’s site and location demanded key consideration of both building form and aesthetic. The responding design underwent development and testing through wind tunnels and CFD monitoring to respond to the wind and climate of Leeds City Centre.

03 Designing the details

Due to the scale of the tower, a pre-cast concrete panel solution was selected for the main façade, with the design maximising repetition wherever possible. Two storey height panels are proposed to reduce the hook time on the crane to achieve the two-year construction programme. The window system has the potential to be glazed in off-site. Pod bathrooms are proposed throughout the scheme with the exception of the accessible ‘adaptable’ bathrooms.

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