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Granary Wharf Wins RIBA Award

26 May 2011

Granary Wharf Leeds

The masterplan for Leeds’ Granary Wharf development was a winner at the recent 2011 RIBA Awards.

Capita Symonds was commissioned by Isis Waterside Regeneration in 2004, to develop the public realm strategy for the 2.8 acre former industrial, canal / riverside site close to Leeds City Station and the city centre. The mixed use development, which was completed in April last year, includes residential, hotel, commercial and retail outlets, alongside two acres of new public realm. The construction value for the public realm was £3 million.

The centrepiece of the scheme is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and River Aire. The public realm design respects and expands on the intimate nature of the canal side spaces and the sense of openness to the canal side that currently exists. High quality yorkstone and granite paving materials were used throughout, with the distinction of activity zones and directional markers implied though the subtle changing of paving block sizes, patterns and textures.

The judges said: "The jury felt that the quality of the public realm, the integrity of the architectural response directed by the masterplan framework, the vision of the client group, and the support of Leeds City Council should all be considered worthy of an award."