Leeds Metropolitan University Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Location: Leeds, UK Completion: 2009 GFA: 17,900 m2 Photography: Sapa Building Systems, Will Pryce
The Broadcasting Place is a mixed-use development close to Leeds city centre. Conceived as a public-private partnership for property group Downing and Leeds Metropolitan University, it provides academic space and student residences in a landmark building rising to twenty-three storeys, together with a new Baptist Church. The site itself encompasses a rich history as the location of Old Broadcasting House, the old BBC TV Studios, and the place where the first moving picture was developed by Louis Le Prince in the late 19 th century. It sets the ideal stage for an educational building dedicated to Leeds Met’s Faculty of Arts and Society. The brief for the project was developed as a combination of three primary uses on the site – academic accommodation providing facilities for 250 staff and 1,500 students, 240 student residential units and a new Baptist Church. The University required an agreed minimum of floor area, with the option to vary the departments which would ultimately occupy the building. The Baptist Church has historically been located on the site and was looking to replace its existing premises with a more contemporary church. Instead of providing a stand-alone building, the brief required the church to be incorporated within the overall body of the scheme, yet remaining distinct from the academic accommodation.
The scheme provides a wide range of uses including student housing together with new offices and teaching spaces for the Department for Cultural Studies, the Department for Social Science, the Department for Architecture, Landscape and Design and the Contemporary Arts and Graphics Department, representing approximately 10,200 square metres of teaching and office spaces. The resulting Broadcasting Place development consists of two main structures that wrap around the existing buildings and scale up towards the northeastern edge of the site. The twenty-three-storey tower element of the scheme on the eastern side rises from one of the main blocks and announces the building on Leeds’ growing skyline. The student housing element of the scheme is situated in the twenty-three-storey tower, including two five-bed clusters and one selfcontained studio flat per floor. The buildings are conceived as solid landscape forms which draw on Yorkshire’s rich geological and sculptural heritage. The lower buildings rise as a continuous rake from three storeys, adjacent to low-rise listed buildings, up to five storeys. The taller buildings drop from eight storeys down to six before rising to the scheme’s highest point of twenty-three storeys. The strong roof pitch is reflected in the massing of the buildings which have sharp triangular corners and angular cantilevered projections. Through this massive form, windows are conceived as the flow of water cascading through a rock formation.
1. Broadcasting House and Student Accommodation Tower 2. View looking north from the inner courtyard 3. Building systems 4. View looking north towards the Church, Old Broadcasting House and the Student Accommodation Tower 1
Published on Mar 17, 2011
Published on Mar 17, 2011
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