Comprising of circa 10,500 ft2 of contemporary office space, Central House is a five storey refurbishment of a 1980’s building in the heart of Leeds’ business district.
The scheme comprises of 5 storeys of high tech office space with balconies and roof terraces. As it is set in the grounds of a listed building, and of Architectural importance, the services design had to support a modern, dynamic work space whilst being sympathetic to the inherent architectural values.
Brentwood were appointed to carry out the mechanical, electrical and public health design for the scheme, taking the design from concept through to detailed design.The building is comfort cooled throughout. Incorporating a high level of servicing within an existing building presented numerous coordination challenges which were successfully negotiated through a close and collaborative project team approach.
Attention to detail was paramount for the exposed services to maintain visual coherence. In practice, only a close working relationship between the project team and contract supply chain can deliver the required quality of a development such as Central House.
A modular approach to the HVAC systems with intelligent sub-metering allows complete flexibility of the different tenant occupancies.The artificial lighting incorporated high efficiency LED‘s throughout along with a comprehensive control and daylight linking system, which works harmoniously with the extensively glazed facades, to optimise beneficial daylight.
The project was short listed for both the 2016 RICS Pro-Yorkshire and British Council of Offices awards.