Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

2010 Best Tall Building Overall and Europe
Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting Place, Leeds, United Kingdom
Owner/Developer: Downing and Leeds Metropolitan University
Building Type: Residential / Education / Office
Date of completion:  September 2009
Total Area: 69,817 sq. ft. (6,486 sq.m)
Total Height / Floors: 228 ft. (70 m) / 23
Architect:  Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
MEP Engineer: KGA
Contractor:  George Downing Construction


A key element in the design of the building is the irregular elevations, which have been tailored to optimize daylight and reduce solar penetration. An innovative analysis of the building facades was undertaken, to calculate the optimum quantity and distribution of glazing/shading at all points on the façade in order to ensure high levels of natural day lighting but without overheating. The design implements natural ventilation where practicable, ground source heat pumps, and a car-free development with bike parking provisions. The design takes into consideration a respect for the scale and grain of the surrounding listed buildings, and a simple palette of natural materials including cor-ten steel as a solid, sculptural and weathering material, constructed as a rain-screen façade.

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