The Broadcasting Place designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP is located in Leeds, United Kingdom. Broadcasting Place is an education & mixed-use development situated on a prominent location on the valley ridge running through Leeds city centre. It provides approximately 110,000 sq ft of new offices and teaching spaces together with 240 student residences in a landmark building rising to 23 storeys. A new Baptist Church completes the scheme on its northern edge.
The buildings are conceived as solid landscape forms which draw on Yorkshire’s rich geological and sculptural heritage. This design intent is reinforced by the selection of cor-ten steel as a solid, sculptural and weathering material, constructed as a rain-screen facade. Broadcasting Place is a bold addition to the Leeds cityscape, forming a prominent marker at one of Leeds’ gateways. This new academic complex for Leeds Metropolitan University overcame difficult site challenges, with a masterplan which manages an inner city motorway passing alongside whilst also enabling future growth. A key success of the scheme is the innovative approach to design of each elevation. The architects developed their own software programme to undertake a rigorous computational analysis of each small section of the building facades. The result is a varied appearance highly specific to this scheme, optimising daylight and reducing solar penetration.