The Northern Ballet project is a new £12 million city centre dance building for Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre, the largest centre for dance in the UK outside London. Located in the thriving cultural quarter at Quarry Hill in central Leeds, the six storey dance centre has been designed to meet the demands of the two award winning companies. The new building incorporates seven dance studios including a 230 seat studio theatre, health suite, wardrobe facilities, office space and meeting rooms and a public exhibition space.
Architects Jacobs in tandem with Leeds City Council have delivered an award winning facility by carrying off first prize at The SCALA Civic Building of the Year Award a celebration of the cream of public sector Architecture aiming to inspire and promote the high quality of work carried out in the public sector and as evidence of the depth of design and management skills available to create such stylish and practical solutions.
The building is of steel frame construction with an infill of structurally insulated panels (SIPS) which provide a high degree of weather tightness and thermal insulation and Sotech’s Black Antra Zinc IPC Rainscreen panels were chosen to provide the external weather façade being light weight and crisp in appearance combining with the SIPS panels to provide efficiencies in the structural design giving a pleasing long life maintenance free finish.
The façade was installed along with other external elements by Sotech’s Metclad Contracts whose skills played a major part, together with Main Contractors Wates, in delivering a building fit for its award winning occupants.