The RIBA award winning 80 and 80A York Street is a former rag merchant’s warehouse which was converted into two distinct buildings offering loft style, stylish and highly specified office accommodation. The building sits right in the heart of the Leeds Cultural Quarter which is home to the BBC Media Centre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds College of Music and the new Northern Ballet Theatre (see separate case study).
The RIBA Yorkshire White Rose judges described York Street as:
“An intelligent, yet modest example of how to put derelict buildings back into beneficial, economic use without trying too hard to impose a new identity. The character of the original is left to speak for itself. The building is an idiosyncratic Victorian warehouse that had stood derelict for almost twenty years ad which now houses design studios. It sits adjacent to a railway viaduct which brought challenges to the build. Some of the work was only possible over a limited number of overnight power line and railway-track shutdowns. This was a high risk strategy pulled off with panache…”.