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Feilden Clegg Bradley replaces BBC in Leeds

Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects (FCB) has won the green light for this high-rise student-flat and academic complex on the site of the BBC’s former West Yorkshire home at Broadcasting Place in Leeds

Clad entirely in Cor-ten steel, the £45 million scheme for Leeds Metropolitan University will feature two main blocks - the largest a 23-storey accommodation tower housing around 400 students. Developer Downing Developments originally won planning for a smaller, mainly residential, scheme on the site off Woodhouse Lane.

The revised plans offer significantly increased teaching and office space - around 10,000m² - for four of the university’s departments, including the department of architecture. The existing Grade II-listed Broadcasting House will be retained as part of the development, which will also see the creation of a new baptist church, café and major public square.

During the design process, FCB carried out extensive research on the facade to optimise daylight within the blocks. The practice said the solution will provide generous natural lighting while avoiding the dangers of overheating.

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