Leeds-based practice Architecture 2B is giving its time for free to overhaul a rundown studio which helped launch the careers of bands such as The Mission, Sisters of Mercy and the Pigeon Detectives.
The firm is working alongside local rockers The Kaiser Chiefs on a design brief to revamp and the expand Leeds' Old Chapel Rehearsal Studios – a rundown, brick building on the edge of the Holbeck Urban Village where the band first started rehearsing (pictured below).
The project, which still needs to find a significant amount of funding to get off the ground, aims to provide up-to-date facilities for bands of all levels of ability and experience with 'the emphasis on ensuring the next generation have a base in which to learn and develop while rubbing shoulders with the professional bands and musicians'.
Architecture2B founder Nick Brown said: 'The Kaisers are a great set of lads, helping to form the brief, and they will stay involved in the design process, as well as helping The Old Chapel attract funding and support from [Leeds City] Council.
'Leeds is genuinely proud and excited about this new youth culture coming through, and it seems only natural that the “young” up-and-coming practice of Architecture 2B has been asked to get involved.'