CASPAR REPLACEMENT REVEALED
The AJ can exclusively reveal the proposed replacement for Levitt Bernstein's doomed CASPAR city-centre apartment scheme in Leeds.
Designed by local practice Architecture 2B, the new scheme takes a number of cues from the original prefab housing development for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, which was evacuated in 2005 after the discovery of 'potentially catastrophic structural problems'.
As well as mirroring the orientation of the existing semicircular block, the replacement project will also be constructed from lightweight modular units. However, unlike Levitt Bernstein's scheme, the new building will boast a steel, rather than timber, frame. It will deliver 187 ats of one, two and three bedrooms. Access will be through a central core and internal corridor instead of along external passageways - a key feature of the previous, Kajima-built development. Architecture 2B founder Nick Brown says that other differences have been generated by the building's relationship with its 'new' context - the site's surroundings have changed dramatically since Levitt Bernstein designed its scheme more than seven years ago (Building Study, AJ 03.08.00). Backed by developer LifeHomes, the new development is expected to cost £10 million - £7 million more than the original CASPAR building, which is due to be demolished later this summer.