The new Creative Arts building, located at the edge of the Civic Quarter of Leeds, is the final phase of delivery of the Downing Developments masterplan, a 46,400m² development that most recently delivered the Cityside student accommodation scheme.
The entrance foyer is designed as a welcoming open space, accommodating a 4.5m level change across the site with a feature staircase that connects the publicly accessible areas of the building. An atrium that rises up to the fifth floor is animated by projecting social learning spaces, writing sheds and conversation dens. The lower floors house the theatre, triple-height TV studio and a cinema.
The complexity and richness of the building’s brief has generated an approach to the building’s envelope expressive of the activities within, while creating a coherency to the whole building form and language.
The 14,500m² scheme is set to house 1,850 students studying film, music, performing arts and fashion, and currently spread across the city.
The development will include a 186-seat theatre, an 84-seat studio theatre, a 216-seat cinema, recording studios, TV studio and film studios, as well as other teaching and breakout spaces.