Aspirational: Leeds College of Building
The Leeds College of Building is the only higher education construction college in the United Kingdom. So, when the college was planning a new campus, the design was expected to reflect its standing.
The college was looking for a building that would be aspirational, progressive and sustainable. Fuse Studios Limited of Leeds and Manchester delivered. And, while Leeds to Manchester, England is less than an hour’s drive on M62, it was across the pond, to the Kalwall® Corporation in Manchester, New Hampshire, that Fuse turned to provide one of the signature features of the new LCB campus.
The expansive workshops where the students learn their skills are bathed in the diffuse natural daylight provided by Kawall®. Verti-Kal™ panels accentuate the distinct saw-tooth roof pitch the side of the building that houses the workshops. The workshop bays, with high ceilings, are bright and airy and have been well received since the doors of the new campus opened in May.
“As the college had expressed a concern that too much glazing might create a distraction for students, we felt that the use of translucent Kalwall® panels would provide an ideal solution by limiting views out whilst allowing excellent levels of daylight in,” say project architect David Bradshaw of Fuse. “We also felt that the consistent diffused nature of the natural illumination was ideal for educational use.
“We chose the Verti-Kal™ format as it allowed us to continue the verticality and rhythm that we had sought to generate through the repetitive workshop bays along the Black Bull Street frontage. “
The building is not only an instant landmark in a rejuvenated section of this city of nearly 750,000 people, but it serves the needs of the Leeds College of Building.
“As the UK’s only specialist construction College, this new building has been specifically designed to provide a modern learning environment, where both our students and staff can thrive,” said Leeds College of Building principal Ian Billyard. “It will enable us to continue building on the high standard of training that we are renowned for, as well as expanding the number of courses and qualifications we offer, in order for us to stay ahead of the UK’s rapidly evolving construction industry.”