Newly formed Fletcher Crane Architects has beaten nearly 100 entrants to win the international contest to design a new landmark waterside building in Leeds
Led by ex-Scott Brownrigg associate Toby Fletcher (pictured left) and former PRP associate director Ian Crane (pictured right), the outfit saw off local practices Aedas, P+HS and Cartwright Pickard Architects, as well as Nottingham’s Letts Wheeler Architects and Portuguese collective Project O to land the 36 The Calls design competition.
The Teddington-based practice’s victorious scheme for the car-park plot overlooking the River Aire was chosen unanimously by the judges. Backed by developer Citu, the competition was run in partnership with the AJ.
Chris Thompson, Citu’s managing director, said: ‘The proposal offers an innovative and practical solution to dealing with the intricacies of the site – in particular maintaining access to the river. The team presented a robust scheme, which was buildable while still delivering
a stunning piece of architecture.’
Fletcher said: ‘The scheme was crafted to fit into the historic context of The Calls and will help generate a new impetus to the area in terms of commercial values and the creation of an exciting riverside public space.’
Citu hopes to submit a planning application by the end of the year and sart on site in 2011.
Each finalist will receive an £1,000 honorarium and all shortlisted schemes will be showcased in the AJ next month.