About This Project

First Direct Arena

 

Architect: Populous
Main Contractor: Bam
Installer: Lakesmere Limited
System: Perforated Shingles
Location: Leeds

 

The stunning new £60 million first direct Arena in the northern quarter of Leeds operated by SMG Europe, features Sotech’s back-lit perforated panels which light up the Leeds skyline with a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours, producing a dazzling honeycombed external façade on what is believed to be the first ‘fan shaped’ arena in the UK.

 

Leeds Arena First Direct

Sotech achieved an economical and integrated solution for over 400 square metres of aluminium feature producing the 9mm perforations with the use of a sophisticated cluster tool enabling a number of holes to be punched simultaneously across a wide and complex variation of shapes and sizes.

 

Leeds Arena First Direct

The perforated feature panels subtly echo the cellular nature of the aluminium shingles during the day, but at night the seemingly randomly patterned perforations in the Sotech aluminium feature panels give way to an illuminated tracery, providing an almost psychedelic lighting experience featuring a palette of mesmerising, vivid colours which light up the Leeds skyline.

 

Leeds Arena First Direct

Punched aluminium as well as offering significant aesthetic options also provides a level of precsion which is ideally suited to enhancing effects such as the back lighting on the new arena of for creating a subtle translucent effect for veiling and screening.

 

Leeds Arena First Direct

Category
Aluminium, Leeds, PPC, Yorkshire, Bespoke Perforated Panels, Optima Shingles, All Case Studies, Leisure