Two projects by NPS Leeds have been shortlisted among the best in the region for the LABC West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2019.
St George House is shortlisted for both Best Commercial Project and Best Inclusive Building. This ambitious project saw the remodelling and refurbishment of Leeds City Council’s office space to save capital costs and improve business performance through introducing new ways of working. Though this and other projects, the Council’s office needs have now reduced from 14 to five locations, with £27m overall savings in Net Present Value.
The once dark, dated and oppressive working environment has been transformed into a modern, light, flexible open-plan space, improving staff morale and performance. Accessibility and social inclusion were put at the heart of design considerations, with refurbishments undertaken exceeding building regulations and British standard requirements. Features include:
- accessible reception catering for both able bodied or disabled staff
- improved wayfinding incorporating colour contrast and braille
- separate contemplation and First Aid rooms
- accessible and gender-neutral WC and shower facilities
- charging points and transfer stations for mobility scooters
- accessible parking space with electric vehicle charge
- expanded cycle storage, showering, drying and locker facilities.
A project to upgrade and extend Fieldhead Carr Primary School has also been shortlisted for Best Educational Building.
Works included a two-storey extension housing eight new classrooms, an enlarged dining space, improved main entrance and staff facilities and enhanced early years provision. The school has now increased from one form to two form entry, doubling pupil places from 210 to 420.
The new build has been designed to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ principles and includes a central atrium allowing natural light into the heart of the building. School colours were used externally to personalise the building, and internally to depict year groups with blues used for Years 3-4 and purples for Years 5-6.
The new building is visually striking and helps express and promote the school’s identity to the wider local area.
Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 7 June at the Cedar Court Hotel, Leeds.