Published On: Thu, Jan 30th, 2014 on 12:01 am

Impressive landmarks honoured at Leeds Architecture Awards

First Direct Arena

The First Direct Arena in Leeds

The winners of the 25th Leeds Architecture Awards have been announced at a glittering awards ceremony set up to promote the region’s best work of architecture and design.

Organised by Leeds City Council and Leeds Chamber Property Forum, over 15 different schemes were competing in the categories of Best Conserved Building, Altered Building, Landscape and Public Realm, New Building, the Young People’s Award and Outstanding Contribution.

The First Direct Arena was awarded on the night of 23 January as the Best New Building for its impressive and flexible innovations.

In the category of Best Altered Building, which focused on a new use for an existing building, Tower Works, demonstrated creative conservation of a historic and significant building.

The Best Conserved Building was The Granary, a 16th Century Grade II listed aisled barn at Crag House Farm, whilst the University of Leeds Sustainable Garden was commended for having a creative design.

The Outstanding Contribution award for the building which has contributed most to the city over the 25 years of the awards went to The Victoria Quarter, recognised for its role in the regeneration of Leeds city centre.

The Young People’s Award was presented to Trinity Leeds, designed by Chapman Taylor, as part of a positive initiative that aims to make Leeds a great place for children to live.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s lead member for economy and development, said: “2013 has been an incredibly tough year for the judges because of the scale and diversity of the nominees in all categories, and the breadth of development that is taking place across the city.

“What’s so pleasing is that the awards also demonstrate the importance that we place on regenerating our fine historic buildings and the role of high quality architecture and design in our communities.”

The winners of the Leeds Architecture Awards 2013

  • Best New Building – The First Direct Arena on Claypit Lane
  • Best Altered Building – Tower Works on Globe Road
  • Best Conserved Building – The Granary at Crag House Farm
  • Best Landscape and Public Realm – The University of Leeds Sustainable Garden in University Square
  • Young People’s Award – Trinity Leeds (Briggate, Boar Lane, Albion Street and Commercial Street)
  • 25th Anniversary Outstanding Contribution – Victoria Quarter in Briggate

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