This significant Leeds landmark, originally built in the 1930's for department store, Lewis', has been transformed into a grand mixed-use development. The impressive building, which dominates the central shopping street in Leeds centre, The Headrow, has been painstakingly refurbished to provide retail space on the lower, ground & first floors and high-spec commercial office space from the second to the sixth floor.
Architecturally the plans and intent for the building to complete the original design by Sir Reginald Bloomfield had been approved, however the detailing, scheduling and production of working drawings required a design company with the experience of age old masonry techniques and the ability to fuse them with modern methods of construction, whilst appreciating the increasing demand on shorter programmes and financial viability.
Stewart Design (UK) Ltd were engaged by Marlborough Brickwork to carry out this role on what is now an award winning scheme. As part of the package Marlborough installed 250m3 of Portland Stone in varying unit shapes and sizes from 200-1400kg. An innovative 'mono-rail' system was used to transfer these units to their positions on the 5th & 6th floor fašade.