Waterman's Place

Location Leeds
Client Waterside Places
Content 122 Residential Units | 1,098m² Commercial
Status Built

2011 Housing Design Award, Winner
2011 Leeds Architecture Award, Winner
2011 RIBA Award, Winner
2011 RICS Award, Winner
2010 Brick Award, Shortlist
2010 British Homes Award, Highly Commended
2010 HCA Award, Highly Commended
2010 RIBA White Rose Award, Winner
2010 WAN Award, 2nd Prize
2009 WAN Award, Highly Commended

Leeds Canal Basin is being regenerated through a masterplanned sequence of public spaces alongside the canal and the River Aire, each defined by a series of buildings containing apartments, hotel and commercial spaces. From the east, this new quarter is now accessed via a replacement footbridge spanning the river where it emerges from the vaults beneath City railway station. Here, raised above a publicly permeable ground floor of commercial units, is CZWG’s apartment building.

Like an eroded geological mass surmounted by a ‘hill town’ of stepping blocks, and riven by a seam of polished copper, it’s a rigorously planned assembly of forms governed by its own architectural logic, but which is responsive to its canal-side location: indigenous brick walls deeply punctured by repetitive windows and timber cladding, which will weather to a warm beige-grey.