Team effort leads to success for Grade II listed refurbishment

Having recently been reappointed to the University of Leeds framework, we are delighted to share images of our recently-completed refurbishment to the Language Centre within the Grade II listed Parkinson Building.

This brief was to significantly redevelop the building’s second and third floors, the home to the university’s Language Centre. The aim was to provide new state-of-the-art sector-leading teaching and learning facilities for its staff and students to create a modern, attractive, flexible environment for learning, socialising and working.

The brief required both refurbishment of spaces, provision of new spaces and there was a desire for improvements to the building fabric and M&E such as improved lighting and ventilation to provide a more comfortable and energy-efficient environment. Sustainability was also a key driver with all materials and build-ups requiring A or A+ Green Guide ratings.

Associate James Lumb said,

“One of the most important factors in the success of this project was the excellent working relationship between the design team, delivery team, and client – we were all thoroughly committed to having a positive impact on the historic nature of the building and to bringing innovative solutions to the project. Associated Architects, and those of us in the Leeds office in particular, are thoroughly looking forward to further projects at the University of Leeds.”

Among the wider team were:

  • Main Contractor: Overbury
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • M&E Consultant: Redworth Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor: C.S. Charlesworth
  • Principal Designer: Associated Architects
  • Fire Engineering Consultant: Design Fire Consultants
  • Acoustic Engineering Consultant: MZA Consulting Engineers
  • Civil & Structural Consultant: Roscoe

Read more here.

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