Arc Design, Leeds
Photograph: Nigel Gallagher of British Isles Photography
White Rose Award
Architect: Architecture 2B
Client: Arc Design
An intelligent yet modest example of how to put derelict buildings back into beneficial, economic use without trying too hard to impose a new identity – the character of the original is left to speak for itself.
8-80 York St is an idiosyncratic Victorian warehouse that had stood derelict for almost twenty years and which now houses design studios. The constraints of the small plan area have been neatly and simply solved by the addition of a new stair tower that stands next to the original building whilst never overpowering it.
The adjacency to the railway viaduct brought a further set of challenges to the build with certain of the works only being possible over a limited number of available overnight Railtrack schedules powerline/track shutdowns – a high risk strategy pulled off with panache by the building owners and their architects.
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