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Leeds City Office Park

  • Leeds

  • 1999

  • Photos: Charlotte Wood

Systems

  • Structural façades with external walkways

The technology

The building envelope is composed of aluminium panels and structural silicone glazing with the classic vertical division between spandrel and vision.

The qualifying characteristic of the building had been the possibility of creating an external structure in anodised aluminium and stainless steel.

This structure has created the possibility of having walkways, which are used for cleaning the outside of the façade and act a t the same time as brise soleil. The walkways have been fixed with brackets which penetrate the façade and supported by means of suspended rods anchored and, at the same time, to other rods diagonally, which maintain the structure stable in the longitudinal form.

Architects

Foggo Associates London

Peter Foggo Associates was formed in 1989 by a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers and quantity surveyors, who had all successfully worked together for a number of years. The team was responsible for a number of distinguished and award winning projects (through the 1970s to 1990s) at Arup Associates, where Peter Foggo (1930 to 1993) was both a Partner and a Director. These projects were notable not only for their architectural quality but also for innovations such as pioneering use of the management contract at the Horizon factory, Nottingham and low energy office design at the Gateway Buildings, Basingstoke. The Finsbury Avenue and Broadgate developments in the City of London cemented the team's reputation for high quality commercial architecture built on time and to budget to fast track programmes. Competition wins for the Brno Technology Park in the Czech Republic and the masterplan and subsequent buildings at Leeds City Office Park enabled the practice to set new standards for low energy office design. The practice maintained and enhanced its reputation for contemporary rational commercial architecture in complex environments with projects in the City of London such as 111 Old Broad Street and 60 Queen Victoria Street. The practice's work completed to date ranges from small scale residential extensions (such as Sorrel House, RIBA Southern Region Prize 2002) to large scale urban mixed use masterplans and developments (such as Cannon Place, ICE Building of the Year 2011 and various other awards).