Tower Square

Leeds, UK

Architect/Designer:
Ellsworth Sykes
Client:
MEPC
Main Contractor:
Techrete
Completion Date:
1995
Portland Stone:
Independent Whitbed
Scope of Project:
Construction of large Portland stone and red brick clad building

Located in the City of Leeds, this office complex including landscaped gardens dominates the Western end of Wellington Street. 

The Tower Square site was phase one of a regeneration project in Leeds. The Specification for the building incorporated Portland Stone with red brick to create a modern building with clean lines and individual style. The Stone had to be very light to contrast with the redness of the brick. 

Test results on Portland Stone were reviewed and finally Portland Independent Whitbed was selected for its durability and aesthetics. 

The floor at ground level was clad entirely with Portland stone incorporating columns carrying the same clean design lines. The brightness of the stone lightened the look of the building and added to the modern-classic look. 

Additional floors followed the same stone design with band courses contrasting with the brickwork. 

The Architect felt that the Portland Stone worked well on the completed building and therefore increased the stone order. The additional stonework included walling to disabled accesses to building as well as lower walls around the ground floor.