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Bauman Lyons completes Dark Arches revamp

[FIRST LOOK] The long-awaited ‘light and sound’ overhaul of the area known as the Dark Arches underneath Leeds stations has completed

The £4.6 million Neville Street transformation has been designed by Bauman Lyons, together with Berlin-based artist Hans Peter Kuhn and local graphic designer Andy Edwards.

First unveiled back in January 2008, the project was delayed when lead contractor Wrekin Construction went into administration in March 2009. The scheme, which has widened the footpaths, added new sound-absorbing wall-panels and a vandal-proof lighting scheme featuring thousands of LEDs, was taken over by Scunthorpe firm Saferoad BLG, formerly Balmer Lindley Group.

Kuhn sound installation has been described as ‘interweaving surprising and unexpected elements within the existing soundscape of the tunnel’.

Andrew Carter, joint leader of Leeds City Council said: ‘The approach that has been taken to improve this major gateway is very fitting for Leeds with its combination of originality, creativity and pragmatism.

‘It is testament to the work of the design team and to the commitment of Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward that, despite the current economic climate and the challenges of developing a project of this scale, Neville Street has been completely transformed.

He added: ‘The [tunnel] not only looks better, feels safer and sounds incredible but it shows the rest of the world that Leeds is an ambitious, ‘can do’ and industrious city.’

Bauman Lyons is also working on the new £15 million southern entrance to the station, nearby.

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