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Latest look: Feilden Clegg Bradley's rusty Leeds landmark

Work is nearing completion on Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio’s new £45 million high-rise for Leeds Metropolitan University

The student-flat and academic complex on the site of the BBC’s former West Yorkshire home at Broadcasting Place in Leeds is almost entirely clad in Corten steel.

The scheme, which is due to finish later this summer and sits just north of the city centre, features a 23-storey accommodation tower housing around 400 students.

A new church building for the local Blenheim Baptist Church and 10,000 sq m of office acommodation are also included in the development which will also be home to the University’s school of architecture.

The last few weeks of construction can be seen on this University webcam (click here)

Readers' comments (5)

  • So much better than Bridgewater Place. At last a tower in Leeds than doesn't look as if it is outdated-on-completion

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  • I agree with the above comment. This building isn't my favourite, and i'm not sure how people will feel about the corten, both now and in 30 years time, but at least it shows a bit of imagination. That's something which most new buildings in Leeds, especially the new towers, seem to drastically lack; the Opal Tower surely must be front runner for the carbuncle cup. Can the BBC re-rediscover Betjeman's film denouncing Leeds' tower blocks for those planners who don't seem to have got the message?

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  • I agree with the above comment. This building isn't my favourite, and i'm not sure how people will feel about the corten, both now and in 30 years time, but at least it shows a bit of imagination. That's something which most new buildings in Leeds, especially the new towers, seem to drastically lack; the Opal Tower surely must be front runner for the carbuncle cup. Can the BBC re-rediscover Betjeman's film denouncing Leeds' tower blocks for those planners who don't seem to have got the message?

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  • It's suprising considering the whole 10,000 year history of sophisticated architecture that Leeds has such poor buildings- Opal 3 tower, Bridgewater place, the Plaza, everything else probably. The most surprising thing is that resisdents don't care about poor quality- they don't take a minute to consider the built environment- Only with FCB's tower it's apparent to them as ARCHITECTURE, but the catch is CORTEN! This offends people's understanding of Leeds ARCHITECTURE Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Civic Hall, Arcades... best thing in Leeds for years! but that's probably not too hard...

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  • "We produce work that is challenging and discursive. Work that informs, reflects and interprets - an architecture that is both of its time and striving for timelessness"
    Rusty.
    They are joking, right?
    The building is visually different from the others in Leeds. Not better. And like all the others it is rubbish in comparison with any of the better products of the other large metropolitan cities with a sizeable student population.
    The best thing that can be said about it is that it makes the Yorkshire Post building look half decent.

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