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6 Nov 2017
Emerald Headingley Stadium Redevelopment
Design: DLA Architects; Structural engineering design: TRP Consulting
Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds building design
image courtesy of architects
Emerald Headingley Stadium Redevelopmen
Leading structural engineering specialist TRP Consulting has been appointed to the team that will deliver the £40million redevelopment of Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

26 Apr 2017
Award-winning Leeds Beckett designed Community Centre officially launched

The innovative award-winning multi-purpose New Wortley Community Centre (NWCC), designed and built under the leadership of Leeds Beckett University’s Project Office will officially open on Saturday 6 May.

Academics, Simon Warren and Craig Stott, have led the project every step of the way since plans began in 2009, before taking it on as their first major commission after founding the University’s Project Office back in 2013. Guided by Project Office, Leeds Beckett University’s School of Art, Architecture and Design (AAD) students were also instrumental. The community-run centre opened its doors last summer on Leeds’s Tong Road and houses services including a café, meeting rooms and a shop.

The day will see the community celebrate everyone who helped turn the dream of building the centre into a reality. There will also be a photographic exhibition at the launch, which documents the journey of the building’s creation from plans to completion.

Earlier this month Simon and Craig travelled to Portland State University in Oregon, USA to collect an international design award for the NWCC. The pair reaped the rewards of the vision and hard work when Project Office was named as one of two winners in the ‘Live Projects Network’ category of the prestigious 2017 Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Awards.

Speaking about the official opening of the Centre, Simon commented: “The building is making a huge contribution to the community and it simply puts a smile on my face each time I visit. It is always friendly, welcoming and busy. I remind myself that this is a project of immense collaboration and everyone deserves credit for getting involved, using diverse skills and knowledge to make it a great example of community action.”

Craig, said: “The architectural concept is a ‘work of many hands’, where discrete elements have been the design responsibility of specific student participants. Project Office has choreographed the work into a singular architectural statement which truly fulfils the original client brief requiring an ‘inspirational multi-purpose space with commercial functions enabling the centre to expand its reach and sustain itself in the future.’

“Live project learning and co-design between courses is a key component in the student experience at Leeds Beckett, where exposure to working professionally in multi-disciplinary environments equips students with the necessary skillset for professional careers whilst simultaneously providing vital support for third sector organisations in the Leeds City region.”

Project Office, which is run by Simon and Craig, was formed as an architectural consultancy and sits under the umbrella of Leeds Beckett University’s School of AAD, giving students at the University a chance to work with real clients, producing built and strategic design solutions with a particular emphasis on ethical, social and resilient architecture.

Funded by The Big Lottery, the new building has been seven years in the making with a total of 196 people participating directly in the project. From New Wortley locals to multi-disciplinary undergraduates, postgraduates and staff from Leeds Beckett, plus professional consultants and contractors – all working together to bring the building to life, while being coordinated and led by Project Office.

The new building is already incredibly well used – open more than 70 Hours a week and hosting a range of activities including adult education, health services, Eastern European School, The Dry Sports Café and a range of creative inclusive activities. In the February Census more than 900 people came through the doors over a one-week period.

Bill Graham, NWCC’s Community Leader, said: “It’s a fantastic looking building that really lifts the area and offers a visible symbol of hope to the local community. We plan to attract more investment and partners to the area to give New Wortley residents the opportunities they deserve.

“New Wortley Community Association, who owns the centre, is a charity founded and run by members of the local community. The board of trustees, staff and volunteers work in conjunction with other local projects, charities and public sector organisations to help residents of the local area improve their quality of life, raise aspirations and offer hope and opportunity to the people of New Wortley.

“The Centre is already well used by local residents and provides a range of activities including volunteering, adult education and health and wellbeing.
In the last 12 months more than 20 local residents have found employment after volunteering at the centre. We have some great individual stories of how lives have been turned around to bring a real life aspect to the investment in the area.”

12 Apr 2017
World-renowned landscape architect gives free Leeds talk

A top figure in the renowned Dutch landscape design and interior architecture practice, Inside Outside, will share the secrets of her success with students and practitioners in Leeds.

Jana Crepon, Senior Partner and Landscape Architect at Inside Outside, will give a free public talk at Leeds Beckett University on Thursday 4 May as part of the School of Art, Architecture and Design’s annual INSIDE/OUT lecture series. Places can be booked at http://bit.ly/JanaCrepon The talk takes place from 6 – 7.30pm at the University’s city centre Rose Bowl.

Jana Crepon, Senior Partner and Landscape Architect at Inside Outside

Inside Outside was founded in Amsterdam in 1991 by lead designer, Petra Blaisse, addressing both the interior and exterior space and working on commissions of small to very large scale, within the Netherlands and internationally. It is made up of a team of designers across several disciplines: art, architecture, interior design, and landscape design. Combining traditional and contemporary methods, the team uses sound, light, climate and the effects of time as their tools to trigger viewers’ curiosity and surprise.

Inside Outside design curtains, interiors, exhibitions, gardens, parks, public spaces, green roofs and masterplans. The team’s portfolio includes a range of UK-based projects, from designing the stage curtains and acoustic drapes for the Hackney Empire theatre in London to the darkening, sun-screening and sound absorbent curtains in the Mick Jagger Centre’s concert hall. Internationally, their work includes: the creation of a landscape masterplan for the new Cultural District in Kowloon, Hong Kong; a new landscape plan for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, USA, connecting the Center with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden; and the design of the public square and outdoor areas of the new Performing Arts Centre in Taipei, Taiwan.

Edwin Knighton, Principal Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Leeds Beckett, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Jana Crepon of Amsterdam-based design practice Inside Outside, as part of our celebrations of 50 Years of Landscape Architecture at Leeds Beckett University. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to learn at first hand, for the first time in the UK, about their innovative and collaborative design process that has created so many stunning designs around the world. An exciting dimension of their work is its scope; from fabrics and interiors to structures and landscapes. I’m sure Jana’s talk will reach out and inspire students and practitioners from a range of creative art-based disciplines.”

Jana Crepon was born in Germany in 1970 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, before beginning her professional career at DS Landscape Architects in Amsterdam. She then moved on to work as the project manager on a complex 491 hectare private‐public partnership development for Strootman landscape architects before joining Inside Outside in 2007. Here she has been leading the landscape design team, working on multiple landscape projects of different scale and scope in Qatar, China, Taiwan, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States. Since 2013 she has also been very involved in the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture ‐ teaching architecture, urban design and landscape architecture students.

Jana’s talk has been organised in collaboration with the Yorkshire branch of the Landscape Institute, who will hold their annual general meeting prior to the lecture as well as a drinks reception and dinner. It also forms part of Leeds Beckett’s celebration of 50 years of Landscape Architecture education at the University.

12 Apr 2017
BCO Awards for Sky Digital Centre of Excellence in Leeds
Design: BDG architecture + design, Architects
Sky Digital Centre of Excellence in Leeds
photos © Gareth Gardner
Sky Digital Centre of Excellence in Leeds Building

29 Mar 2017
Leeds Beckett University Landscape architecture students

A team of landscape architecture students at Leeds Beckett University are among the first to showcase their innovative garden design at the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this summer.

Frankie Tomany and Zuzanna Golczyk, second year BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture and Design students, and Tom Rawlings, an MA Landscape Architecture student, have designed their garden, the Path of Least Resistance, for the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. The show will run from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 June and will be set within the 1,000-acre parkland of the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

The theme of the RHS show is ‘Design Revolutionaries’. It will celebrate garden designers of the past, especially Joseph Paxton, who was once the Chatsworth Estate’s gardener, as well as the talent, ideas and conceptual thinking of today’s generation of gardeners.

22 Feb 2017
International design award for academic architecture duo behind innovative Leeds community centre

Two Leeds Beckett University Architecture lecturers have scooped an international design award for spearheading the development of an innovative multi-purpose building, which is enhancing the lives of the community who use it.

Simon Warren and Craig Stott, at New Wortley Community Centre

Academics, Simon Warren and Craig Stott, have led the New Wortley Community Centre (NWCC) project every step of the way since plans began in 2009, before taking it on as their first major commission after founding the University’s Project Office back in 2013. Guided by Project Office, Leeds Beckett University’s School of Art, Architecture and Design (AAD) students were also instrumental. The community-run centre opened its doors last Autumn on Leeds’s Tong Road and houses services including a café, meeting rooms and a shop.

The duo will now reap the rewards of their vision and hard work following the announcement that Project Office has been named as one of two winners in the ‘Live Projects Network’ category of the prestigious 2017 Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Awards. They will travel to Portland State University in Oregon, USA, in April to present at the 17th annual Structures for Inclusion conference, where they will receive their award.

Simon commented: “We are astounded. Receiving this award from the live project community means that architecture live project work at Leeds Beckett is now becoming recognised internationally. Leeds Beckett University’s Project Office and students have been working with the New Wortley community for more than seven years to help realise this project. I think that the judges have understood and rewarded the collective commitment of all participants: it’s an award for all!”

Craig said: “Project Office’s main role was one of choreography, to ensure the work of many hands became a singular architectural statement. We had great fun, and support, working with our colleagues and students in Landscape Architecture, Graphics, Cultural Studies, Product Design and Architectural Technology who each designed discrete elements. The project would not have been possible without the hard work of all these people, and so this award is really testament to what can be achieved through collaborative design and team work.”

A total of 196 people participated in the project. From New Wortley locals to multi-disciplinary undergraduates, postgraduates and staff from Leeds Beckett, plus professional consultants and contractors – all working together to bring the building to life, while being coordinated and led by Project Office.

The New Wortley community were highly engaged in design activities and brought local knowledge, practical assistance and support, entrepreneurial spirit and coordination to the project, while the contractors embraced the social endeavour of the project involving local people and students in collaborative design workshops, site visits and coordination of elements designed and built by the students into the fabric.

In a statement, the Awards Jury said: “The New Wortley Community Centre project has empowered all actors involved, realising their shared vision in a meaningful and sustainable way. The Project Office was key to this success, coordinating the energy and potential of both the community and Leeds Beckett University. We commend their evolution and implementation of such a coherent design strategy in a complex and fluid context.”

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, said: “Everyone here at Leeds Beckett University is proud of the pioneering work of our University’s Project Office. Simon Warren and Craig Stott have led a talented team of students and staff in groundbreaking work. The New Wortley Community Centre is everything a building should be – functional, sustainable and beautiful. Their international award demonstrates very clearly the world class nature of the work undertaken at Leeds Beckett University.”

For information on all the winners and honourable mentions of the 2017 SEED Awards, visit here and for the official announcement see here: http://liveprojectsnetwork.org/lpn-awards/

21 Feb 2017
Leeds Beckett welcomes New Head of Architecture

Internationally-renowned architectural educator and historian, Professor Raymond Quek, has been appointed as the Head of the Leeds School of Architecture at Leeds Beckett University.

Professor Raymond Quek:
Professor Raymond Quek, Leeds Beckett University

A published author and qualified architect in two countries – the UK and Singapore – Professor Quek joins Leeds Beckett from the Leicester School of Architecture at DeMontfort University where he was Head of Leicester School of Architecture. He was the initiator and founder of the Association of Architectural Educators (UK & Eire), a thriving organisation which runs an international conference series and publishes ‘Charette’ – a peer reviewed journal on pedagogy in architectural education.

Speaking about his appointment, Professor Quek commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be here. This is a school with a long history and reputation for excellence and we will continue to be a strong and leading school internationally.”

Professor Quek is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was Professor of Architecture and Head of Discipline (Architecture) at the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. He has held faculty-level positions at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, as well as having taught at institutions in Liverpool, Manchester, Singapore and New Zealand. He has been invited to lecture at several universities across the world.

Professor Quek’s academic research explores architectural representation in the history of ideas as a problem of knowledge; the meeting of east and west circa 14–18c and problematic dissemination of leading paradigms particularly in art and architecture.

Architectural City Tours
Leeds Town Hall
photograph © Adrian Welch
Leeds Architecture Walking Tours, England
The city is located in Yorkshire, in the north of England, on the River Aire. The city is famous for architecture such as Leeds Town Hall, Leeds City Markets, Carnegie Pavilion at Headingley Cricket Club, Bridgewater Place tower and the Corn Exchange building. Famous architects with buildings in the city include EMBT and Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones. Other key architects with work in the city include Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Heatherwick Studio, John McAslan & Partners, Aedas, Benoy and the Jerde Partnership.

Leeds Building – Latest Designs

22 Jul 2013
John Lewis Store Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
Victoria Gate Building
image from architect
John Lewis Store Leeds
A planning application has been submitted for Victoria Gate and the John Lewis Store in Leeds. ACME has designed the three buildings comprising the first phase of Victoria Gate retail development. The cente of the scheme is a flagship John Lewis store, with a terracotta facade inspired by Leeds’ textile heritage.

Merrion Centre
Merrion Centre
images from BDP architects
Merrion Centre
BDP has been appointed to undertake a multi-million pound refurbishment at the Merrion Shopping Centre. The scheme known as ‘New Front’ has been given the go ahead by Leeds City Council.

Granary Wharf Scheme
Carey Jones Chapmantolcher
Candle House
photo : Hufton + Crow
Granary Wharf Leeds

Contemporary Leeds Buildings

Complete set of new photography from 30 + 31 May 2009 added:
Leeds, Bradford, Saltaire, Ripon Cathedral, Fountains Abbey

Images at Leeds Architecture

Major New Leeds Buildings, alphabetical:

Arc – Proposal

Architecture 2B
Replacement for CASPAR prefabricated housing by Levitt Bernstein
Developer: Life Property Group

Bridgewater Place tower : Leeds’ tallest building – 110m high
Bridgewater Place

Broadcasting Place – see Leeds Meropolitan University (down this page)
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Broadcasting Place Leeds Tower
image © Will Pryce Photography
Broadcasting Place

Carnegie Pavilion, Headingley Cricket Club – Proposal
SMC Alsop
Leeds Cricket Building
For Yorkshire County Cricket Club & Leeds Metropolitan University

The Carriageworks : see Electric Press Development

Clarence Dock, Armouries Drive
Carey Jones Architects

Cloth Hall Street Housing + Commercial development
Adj. Leeds Corn Exchange

Corn Exchange
Cuthbert Brodrick
Leeds Corn Exchange
photo © Adrian Welch
Leeds Corn Exchange

County Arcade : see Victoria Quarter was completed in 1903

Criterion Place, Leeds
Ian Simpson Architects
47 + 29 storeys
aka Kissing Towers

Crown Street Buildings
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects
AHMM : RIBA Awards 2007 shortlist – Yorkshire

Eastgate & Harewood Quarter – retail development, Leeds
Masterplan – Farrells, architects
£700m 1.2m sqft incl. John Lewis store

Electric Press + Civic Theatre, Millennium Square
Panter Hudspith
The Carriageworks

Fearn Island Mills – residential new-build + mills redevelopment

Cartwright Pickard

Granary Wharf

Housing: CZWG / Masterplan : Carey Jones / Hotel: Allies & Morrison

Green Bank development
Assael Architecture
31 storeys

Harvey Nichols store, Briggate
Harvey Nichols Leeds

Henry Moore Institute – conversion
Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones

Innovate Green, Leeds

Rio Architects Ltd
Innovate Green Leeds : RIBA Awards 2007 shortlist – Yorkshire

John Lewis store development
Shortlisted: Kengo Kuma Associates, Acme, Jacobs Architecture, Carmody Groarke

Kirkgate Market
Victorian arcades, delightful

Leeds City MarketsKirkgate Market, Vicar Lane
Leeds City Markets : Victorian arcades, delightful

Leeds City Museum & Resource Centre
Austin Smith:Lord

Leeds College of Music – Extension, Quarry Hill

Allen Tod

Leeds Grand Theatre – refurbishment
orig. 1878, home of Opera North

Leeds Institute

Grade II* listed, refurbishment as Leeds City Museum

Leeds Metroplitan University – Rose Bowl
Sheppard Robson Architects

Leeds Meropolitan University – Complex + Student housing, Broadcasting Place, Leeds
Feilden Clegg Bradley
23 storey tower for student housing; Material: Cor-ten steel; £45m
Developer: Downing Developments

Leeds Town Hall
Cuthbert Brodrick
Leeds Town Hall
photo © Adrian Welch
Leeds Town Hall

Leeds University – Performing Arts Centre
DLA Architects

Leeds University Student Union – Mine venue
Architect Studio Baad

Lumiere Tower Leeds
Ian Simpson Architects
Leeds skyscraper
two towers of 54 and 32 storeys linked by glazed Winter Garden
previously 47 + 29 storeys

The Northern Ballet Theatre – proposal

previous architects incl. David Chipperfield Architects, Carey Jones, DLA Architecture
NBT + Phoneix Dance Centre project

Northern Street Apartments, Northern Street
Northern Street Apartments

Round Foundry development


Royal Armouries Museum – entry redevelopment
Shortlist: AOC Architecture, Alex Graef Associated Architects, Featherstone Associates, Landolt & Brown
RIBA Architecture Competition

42 The Calls

David Clarke Associates

Trinity Quarter
EMBT + Stanley Bragg Partnership
Leeds building
£150m retail scheme development
EMBT project announced 2003/04, project progressing again, Apr 2007
Enric Miralles

University of Leeds expansion, Yorkshire

Chamberlin Powell & Bon
Masterplan by Farrells unveiled Apr 2006
Housing blocks redevelopment by Union North for Urban Splash unveiled Mar 2006

Victoria Quarter, Briggate / Vicar Lane, city centre
Victoria Quarter

Wellington Place – new city quarter, Leeds
Carey Jones + Feilden Clegg Bradley with landscape architect Martha Schwartz
Wellington Place Leeds buildings Approx. £500m

More Leeds buildings online soon

Leeds Eastgate masterplan
Developer : Hammerson
Approx. £700m

Leeds Eastgate regeneration scheme
Architects: Acme Space; Benoy; Heatherwick Studio; John McAslan & Partners; Jerde Partnership
Landscape architects: Gross.Max

Harewood Court
Heatherwick Studio
retails / residential
Competition win

John Lewis store
Acme Space

Templar Street – retail development
Benoy / Jerde Partnership

Leeds Eastgate – building refurbishments

John McAslan & Partners

Spiracle tower

make with Carey Jones
proposal abandoned Apr 2008
Developer: Fairbriar with HBG Properties
24 storeys
Redevelopment of the Leeds International Pool site

The Old Post Office, City Square, Leeds, Yorkshire
restoration 2006
Garnett Netherwood Architects Ltd
refurbished as restaurants + apartments

Buildings in the west of the city centre, near the Town Hall:
Leeds Architecture Leeds Building
pictures © Adrian Welch

Buildings near Leeds

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire
Fountains Abbey
photo © Adrian Welch
Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre
Edward Cullinan Architects
Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre
picture © Adrian Welch
Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre

Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire
Ripon Cathedral
picture © Adrian Welch
Ripon Cathedral

Harrogate : Baths + Concert Hall building, North Yorkshire
Harrogate building Harrogate building
pictures © Adrian Welch

Saltaire – Sir Titus Salt’s Mill + community, incl. church:
Saltaire building Saltaire church Saltaire church building
pictures © Adrian Welch

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