Stylish Leeds locations have designs on glory in architecture competition

Woodhouse Lane Subway, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Woodhouse Lane Subway, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
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A COMPETITION shortlist has revealed the most eye-catching locations in Leeds when seen from a young person’s perspective.

The Leeds Architecture Awards are taking place for the 25th time and will culminate in a glittering ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on January 23.

To celebrate the event’s silver anniversary, a Young People’s Award will be given out for the first time in its history.

The winner will be chosen from a list of eight projects compiled by a panel of 12 to 18-year-olds from across the city.

They made their picks from the nominations for the competition’s other categories, which include new building, conserved building and altered building.

Selections include the Crispin Lofts, Lilac and Saxton developments as well as the Trinity Leeds centre, a ‘song tunnel’ artwork in a subway on Woodhouse Lane and a garden at Martin House Children’s Hospice.

One member of the judging panel, 17-year-old Aurelia Kamanga, from Chapeltown, said: “It made me realise that Leeds is always changing and how much thought is put into how the buildings are built. It’s good that the architects who work all over the city get recognition.”

The Young People’s Award is being sponsored by city centre office development Pinnacle Leeds. Ian Barraclough, from Pinnacle Leeds, said: “Leeds is a rapidly changing city, so to hear from the next generation that are going to be working and living here is incredibly important.

“As a significant building in the city centre we need to be able to predict and respond to what residents and businesses are looking for and this insight is invaluable.

“We’re proud to be associated with the Young People’s Award, hopefully it will inspire some of them to become involved with the future development direction of the city.”

The shortlists for other awards at the event were announced in October.

Contenders include the former Majestyk nightclub on City Square and the University of Leeds’s recently-opened Michael Marks Building.

The Leeds Architecture Awards are organised by Leeds City Council and Leeds Chamber Property Forum.

Sponsors include Arup, Citu Developments, Leeds Metropolitan University and Muse Developments. Tickets for the ceremony can be reserved by calling 0113 247 8144.

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