University Technical College, Leeds
British Gypsum National Trophy - UK Winner 2018 - Non-residential category
The sympathetic restoration of a Grade II Listed Victorian factory has breathed new life into an historic piece of Leeds’ vivid manufacturing history. The project has transformed the disused Braime metal pressing factory into a state-of-the-art specialist college for 14-18 year-old engineering students.
Due to the listed nature of the building, Race Cottam Architects were required to retain the original brick facades and structural steelwork in the design, but essentially the college is a new building wrapped in the two historic external facades. Accommodating three levels internally, the new facility features designated areas for heavy engineering, production lines, a mini factory, as well as classrooms and lecture-style theatres.
The initial plasterboard drylining, partitioning and ceiling specification was architect-specified as British Gypsum, with particular focus on robustness, acoustics, thermal performance and fire rating.
Architect: Race Cottam Architects Ltd / Main Contractor: BAM Construction Ltd / Contractor: Sparta Systems Ltd