New Community & Arts centre, Hillcrest Primary School, Leeds.
Client: Leeds City Council, Education Department
Contractor: A Baldwin & Co. Ltd
Architect/Lead Consultant: Bradshaw Gass & Hope
Structural Engineers: Bradshaw Gass & Hope
Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: J R Book
Quantity Surveyors: Bradshaw Gass & Hope
Planning Supervisors: Bradshaw Gass & Hope
Duration: 30 weeks
The existing three storey Edwardian school building possesses spaces that were ideal for converting into a multi-use community and arts facility. The upper hall was subdivided and the rooflights re-introduced, side classes opened-up and a thoroughly modern concept given to these spaces. Externally, temporary cabins were removed and an all-weather surface constructed, for use by the school as well as the local community.
The area around the school is a mixture of West-Indian and Asian cultural backgrounds, and the need to build bridges between the two has been the motivating force behind the development. The functionality of these spaces allows development of visual art, drama, performance and dance. IT also features in this context. The external play surface fulfils a much-needed opportunity of sport for local youth. The facility was opened in 2003.