Leeds College of Music has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and continues to invest in its broad cultural and educational offer to the city of Leeds. In order to remain a leading player in the UK’s music education marketplace, it is critical that all facilities remain cutting edge and on brand with its innovative and progressive offer. To this end, Leeds College of Music wish to create an inspiring welcome to all visitors and customers of one of the city’s most important concert venues. The student community is both local, national and international and mirrors the mix of many of the region’s leading cultural institutions who also reside in the city’s cultural quarter, Quarry Hill.
The design proposal consists of a rooftop extension and refurbishment at third floor level in order to extend the existing foyer facilities for ‘The Venue’ at Leeds College of Music, which do not currently match the occupancy requirements associated with the auditorium. The rooftop extension creates a large usable and flexible space which serves the auditorium adjacent or can act independently. The facade of the extension has been developed through the theme of celebrating activity. The combination of louvres and openable glazing creates an ‘active front’ which relates visually to the adjacent St Peters Square. The scheme incorporates a new lounge bar and kitchen facilities with an active and expressive extension.