Chetwoods Architects Leeds studio has been appointed by Carlsberg UK, the British arm of the Danish brewing giant, to convert the former Tetley’s brewery building in the city into a vibrant new cultural attraction.
The Leeds Office is working alongside planning consultants and engineers Arup, to develop detailed plans for the site which will be transformed into a dynamic contemporary arts space and permanent base for Leeds-based independent, contemporary art gallery, PSL [Project Space Leeds].
Carlsberg UK is supporting the conversion that will provide a new cultural asset for the city, whilst safeguarding a significant piece of the city’s 20th century industrial inheritance.
The key aim of the design stage is to retain elements of the building’s original internal design and create a flexible space for the eventual re-programming of the space. Planning permission was granted in March 2012 and work is due to start in the autumn with completion in spring 2013.
Initial designs propose new external gallery spaces, an auditorium, learning space, café bar and offices all based around a central atrium which links to the original open staircase. The building has retained many historical features including timber-panelled rooms, which will be retained as part of the refurbishment. The atrium, which was partially enclosed during its lifetime, will be reopened to reintroduce the full height atrium and create a triple height gallery space.
Simon Baker, Director of Chetwoods Architects, Leeds comments: “We are delighted to have been appointed to work on this iconic scheme which will see the building continue to play a part in the cultural heritage of Leeds. Our aim is to design considered interventions and modern insertions to create a unique arts space that will significantly add to Leeds’ contemporary cultural landscape and allow the people of Leeds access to this special building for the first time.”