Majestic

Structural Designer

Buro Happold

Client Name

City Square Developments Ltd

Location

Leeds, UK

ARCHITECT
DLA Architecture

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Sir Robert McAlpine

CORE ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES
Buro Happold

STEELWORK FABRICATOR
Leonard Cooper Ltd

CONCRETE WORKS CONTRACTOR
Moortown Group Ltd

DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR
Armac Group
 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A project aimed at returning a historic building to its former glory following extensive fire damage. The construction works were extensive and included demolition of the existing reinforced concrete frame. A new deep waterproof basement was formed along with a new 7-storey steel structure, all within the retained shell.
 

Submitted in 2021

Judge's comment:

This project is the total transformation of a 1920’s Grade II listed building, originally a cinema, from a fire damaged shell to a high specification commercial space.

The construction works were extensive and included demolition of the existing reinforced concrete frame, the formation of a deep, waterproof basement, and the construction of a new 7-storey steel structure within the retained shell of the grade II* listed terracotta fa├žade. 

The original structure created deliberately dark internal spaces, aligned to its purpose as a single screen cinema. The key to unlocking the transformation and creating desirable spaces over the lowest three floors was to address this issue and the structural team worked closely with the client and architect to generate natural daylight gains from all available opportunities. 

The finished building stands as a testament to the part skilled structural engineering can play in transforming and reusing existing built assets.

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