mixed-use complex known as Central Square is a project aiming to highlight the
growing importance of Leeds on the map of Great Britain.
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Country: UK, EnglandLocation: LeedsPurpose: office space, retail space, services, entertainmentMain Contractor:
Architect: DLA DesignOur contribution: Performing static, fabrication and site project curtain walls.
Large mixed-use complex known as Central
Square is a project aiming to highlight the growing importance of Leeds on the
map of Great Britain. This new mixed-use complex arose just a stone’s throw from Leeds
railway station. It was built on on the area previously designated for the
54-story Lumiere skyscraper, which would have been the largest UK’s residential
building outside of London. But after the Lumiere project was put into
liquidation in 2010 after banks stopped lending real estate credits due to the
market crisis. The Central Square, construction of which was planned in place
of the Lumiere was intended to breathe new life into an area benefiting from
the recovery of commercial real estate in Leeds.
Square is strategically located between Whitehall Road and Wellington Street.
The investment covers an area of 20,400 sq m, of which 18,700 sq m is occupied
by A class offices, and the remaining 1,700 sq m for retail and services.
complex has office rooms on 10 of its floors. The offices are arranged in a way
that allows them to be freely divided, providing tenants with flexible and
highly efficient space. On the 9th floor an outdoor garden with a
gym and a view of the city was created. The steel frame that forms a U-shaped
structure houses a fully glazed winter garden inside.
winter garden’s glazing goes down to the lower edge of the eighth level in the
central part of the structure. Glazing is supported by five latticed steel
ropes, each 27 meters long, which were delivered to the site in parts and then
assembled as a natural boundary of the inner zone of the complex. With
attention Due to the high loads on the ropes, the grating is connected with a
ground level base weighing one tonne. Due to their location, the steel
structure of the complex had to be erected above the eighth floor for the
installation of the rigging.
largest steel element of the project is the Vierendeel grate, which supports
the eighth-floor balcony overlooking the conservatory. The Vierendeel grate was
brought into place in individual sections which were then assembled on the
ground before being lifted into place with a 300 ton mobile crane.
and first floor of the complex are fully glazed from the outside and have
numerous shops, bars, restaurants and recreation areas. The offices are starting
at the second floor and go up to a twelfth
floor. From the second to the seventh floors, they are located identical inside
the U-shaped steel structure that forms the core of the building, as is the
winter garden. The reception desk for offices is located on the first floor and
is accessible via an escalator. Upper floors can be accessed via several lifts,
including two glass wall lifts, which overlook the winter garden.
eighth floor has a large balcony providing great view on the winter garden and
is the last office-only floor within the investment. On the floors 10, 11 and
12 offices exclusively the east side
of the building, while its other half is occupied by an open-air garden.
Square is aiming for a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating and is scheduled for
completion in May 2016.
3D modeling was used in this project from the planning to the construction. All
teams used compatible 3D modeling packages, and designers in turns developed
models with the required level of detail for each of the complex elements.
MAS Design as an independent office has been present on the market since 2013. MAS Design is a leading design office in Poland implementing projects in the BIM formula. Our management team has over 15 years of experience in the facade cladding industry, collected while designing and implementatingthe facades.