Client: Leeds Beckett University
Contract: NEC3 Option A
The £4.5m redevelopment of Cloth Hall Court has transformed the Grade II listed building into a high quality conference and events venue in the heart of Leeds and has also created a new hub for our Enterprise Services team.
Previously home to the Leeds Law School, who are now located in a new facility in the Portland Building, Cloth Hall Court now offers a range of contemporary high-end conferencing suites. There are 10 dedicated conferencing spaces in total across the first three floors of the building, which each meet the needs of wide ranging capacities, from as little as 10 up to as much as 300. Each space is flexible and open plan, and can be adapted to meet the varying needs of the end user.
In addition, the building also boasts a 300-seat reception and dining area on the ground floor which delivers the main hospitality for visitors. There are, however, breakout and self-serve refreshment points located throughout the building to encourage both visitor interaction and idea generation.
The project involved a full strip out and reconfiguration of the existing spaces on the first three floors, and the complete remodelling of the internal floor plates to create a spacious and creative interior environment. Cellular rooms with convoluted corridors have been replaced with large, flexible, dual aspect spaces and modern, white-washed walls coupled with innovative textures and natural finishes give the feel of a contemporary environment. Large original windows have also been used to offset the contemporary elements, allowing daylight to flood and accentuate each room.
Architect: Sheppard Robson
Images courtesy of Leeds Beckett University & Sheppard Robson Architects.