The site lies on 2.26 hectares adjacent to the River Aire, which provides a dynamic setting for Globe Road and provides transport, activity, connectivity and amenity.
A number of site conditions needed to be addressed during the design process, including the presence of a busy railway viaduct to the south, a major vehicular axis to the East and a peaceful river and canal setting to the north. When the Leeds Liverpool canal was built it ran parallel to the river, defining the edge of the site and alignment of Globe Road. Historically all activity such as the road and rail network and industrial developments were located along the river and demonstrated that the City traditionally tended to turn it’s back on the River Aire and the canal – a trend that we reversed in our design.
The site lies in a significant location in terms of the access into the Holbeck Urban Village, in a gateway position at the western end of the City Centre and in a corridor linking through from Holbeck Urban Village to the emerging strip along the Kirkstall Valley.
Our aim was to landmark the site and to assert the district in this neglected part of the city. Important vistas out of the site are predominantly north towards the waterfront giving spectacular views over the City Centre. To help invigorate the riverside with activity by improving linkages, mix of uses and concentration of entrances around a new public space and improve the sense of arrival by rail.
The buildings are arranged to gain maximum sunlight penetration through the site to the waterside and enhance views of the riverfront and the City from all apartments. There are two types of designs that make up the site, the ‘finger like’ buildings, which accentuate the dramatic bend in the river and the impressive landmark tower that marks the gateway qualities on the river and route to the City Centre.
A series of private courtyards for residents are located along the south side of the site providing a visual link to the public promenade with rows of trees. A multi-storey car park is proposed for access to the site, which also helps screen the scheme from the railway line.
2007 British Home Awards - Commendation for Housing Project of the Year
2004 Winner of International RIBA Waterside Housing Competition