Client: MEPC Our Role: Masterplanning / Urban Design & Full Architectural Services Construction: £250 million Completion: Facilities: Appointment: Area: Awards: Photography:
CJCT was commissioned by MEPC to transform over 14 acres of existing riverside land to the west of Leeds city centre into a sustainable community providing 2.7million sqft of mixed use development – from offices, private and affordable residential accommodation, restaurants, cafes and other leisure facilities to a new major public square at the heart of the development incorporating existing listed industrial heritage and providing a new south facing riverside plaza or ‘Urban Beach’.
Working in partnership with Leeds City Council, CABE and design team members, which included fellow architect Fielding Clegg Bradley and landscape architect Martha Schwartz, the team has developed an exemplar low energy and sustainable masterplan in which the form of the buildings inherently incorporate passive environmental design requirements and minimise the need for ‘bolt on’ technology.
The master plan developed from a desire to create a continuation of the urban business district with pedestrianised streets and
an appropriate scale of buildings to give the feeling of a real urban setting.
It was envisaged that the buildings would collectively have an overall architectural language and use of materials to give a sense
of solidity and stability whilst allowing individual buildings to have slight differences to set them apart.
From this, the ‘Cheese Board’ concept was born, communicating this idea – that all the buildings are clearly of the same family, but can have differences distinct to their use or configuration. The buildings were also conceived to be designed to appear ‘solid’ so where ever the building form is cut, or openings created, the same material will continue through.