£1m to £1.99M
42a Park Place , Leeds , LS1 2RY
Leeds College of Music is the largest conservatoire outside of London. The College wanted to create an inspiring welcome to all visitors and customers to one of the city’s most important concert venues. The 350 capacity auditorium is located above the BBC in an adjacent building to the main college. The design competition sought ideas to improve the visitor experience by providing new foyer facilities, to accommodate the venue’s audience as well as extend the college’s outreach programme with conferencing and teaching space. The proposal consists of a full rooftop extension and refurbishment of the third floor. The rooftop extension creates a single large space which can be subdivided into three extendible spaces for conference and teaching activities. A full height theatrical curtain provides informal control of space, light and acoustics internally. This was a complicated and delicate build. “The panel universally chose Group Ginger... The design ethos captured the conservatoire’s personality traits of being progressive, creative and challenging.” David Warren: Director of Operational Services, L.C.O. M.