Refurbishing the key historic site of Tower Works in Holbeck, Leeds, called for materials of a high quality with aesthetics and performance standards that are consistent with Grade A office design.
The architect faced lots of technical challenges, including building in an inaccessible listed structure on the verge of collapse and close scrutiny by planning officers regarding accurate and appropriate detailing.
The use of roof windows was approved for the scheme and the Conservation Officer made the final product selection, favouring the original Conservation Rooflight® for use on the Listed Building as it is the most appropriate and sensitive product for the application.
neo® was an obvious choice for the new-building as the consistency in detail and language between it and the Conservation Rooflight® is evident.
A total of fifty motorised roof windows were specified for this project. Fifteen bespoke Conservation Rooflights® were approved in various sizes. Five standard neo® S6 were also specified, each with motorised opening. To complete the project a further thirty bespoke neo® roof windows measuring 1556mm (w) x 1108mm (l) were Type A Linked in sets of two. Type A linking results in a 50mm gap between each of the casements internally although externally gives the appearance of a continuous run of roof windows.
Tower Works is the first phase of an exemplar mixed-use development of a historic site, adjacent to Leeds Train Station in Holbeck Urban Village. This phase delivers 17,700må_ of start-up and grow-on space for Creative & Digital Industry businesses, in a mixture of refurbished and new buildingswhich employ progressive sustainable passive design techniques in a highly sensitive historic setting.
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