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Old March 2nd, 2016, 03:02 PM   #1
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6-7 Park Row former Lloyds building

http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/yorks...or-refurb.html

Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere, but i'm not impressed with this plan to spoil a great example of quality 1970's architecture. One of my favorite buildings in Leeds centre.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 12:31 AM   #2
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http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/yorks...or-refurb.html

Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere, but i'm not impressed with this plan to spoil a great example of quality 1970's architecture. One of my favorite buildings in Leeds centre.
It was raised previously on this forum although I don't recall a thread being created. As I've stated before, this proposed refurbishment of the former Lloyds Bank building will surely spoil the appearance of this building which has to be one of the strongest buildings of it's era. Also a shame to lose the Black Horse statue when Lloyds Bank moved to Briggate last year.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 12:44 AM   #3
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It is a disgrace that this is going ahead. Just had another look at the new proposal in comparison to the current building. I genuinely don't think anything architecturally as bad as this has occurred in Leeds since I have been alive. I would rather they built another Opal than this go ahead on our most prominent street. The building as it stands now is fantastic and completely unique.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 02:30 AM   #4
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is there anything that can be done to stop it?
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 04:30 AM   #5
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is there anything that can be done to stop it?

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Old March 3rd, 2016, 10:58 AM   #6
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I would agree. I've always thought this is one of the classiest looking buildings in Leeds, particularly amazing for its age. Considering all the buildings that would benefit from a major reclad, this one is the last one that needs it.

I can see why they are doing it though, I expect its not so good on the inside, probably a little dark and with fairly small floor plates, this refit increases each floor's area and will lighten up the interior somewhat.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 11:10 AM   #7
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One of the unfortunate by products of our society today is that everything needs a "Refresh", in some cases this is what is required. Sadly with the Lloyds building the end result wrecks the purity of the design. We do need to keep good examples from an era when good was hard to find. This is the best by far from the 1970`s. By all means transform the interior but leave the tower alone. The end result of all of this is a banal treatment that will date far quicker and need refreshing in 10 years.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 11:44 AM   #8
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Just putting it out there that I think the windows are tiny and wouldn't ever consider office space there as it stands. However nice the granite(?) look of it is. This might be overkill but I can't say I don't see why they are doing it.
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Well I wouldnt want to work in the building as it currently is, it looks bloody morbid.
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Just putting it out there that I think the windows are tiny and wouldn't ever consider office space there as it stands. However nice the granite(?) look of it is. This might be overkill but I can't say I don't see why they are doing it.
I can see what you're getting at, but having done a quick street view of Park Row, the window area is at least on a par with pretty much every other building in the vicinity.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 03:23 PM   #11
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So surely by that standard they think, well if people are going to take office space here. What sets us apart from our competitors.

Don't get me wrong I do like the building. But feel it could do with more light inside to keep it current.
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So surely by that standard they think, well if people are going to take office space here. What sets us apart from our competitors.

Don't get me wrong I do like the building. But feel it could do with more light inside to keep it current.
Maybe it could become something other than offices
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 03:36 PM   #13
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If it became apartments then they would need to do something about the windows anyway, they wouldn't be very marketable for modern apartment living as they are.

However, the current design might have worked well as a hotel?

At least some of the current cladding will remain.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 06:08 PM   #14
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Found these on another thread.



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Lets hope they eventually decide not to extend the floor plates, it would look the world better without just that.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 06:51 PM   #16
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Anyone know what is on the top floor currently? It's not office's as the top floor currently doesn't have windows.

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Old March 3rd, 2016, 06:56 PM   #17
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The windows don't seem that small to me.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 07:34 PM   #18
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I really don't mind it's new incarnation. If it helps attract new business in to Leeds it can only help the city. The office space has been vacant for years, it's redevelopment will help bring it back in to use. The owners and agents must have looked at what the Leeds Office Market wants and produced the scheme accordingly.

No one except the civic trust objected to the plans whilst they were going through the planning process, that would have been the time for people to raise their concerns.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 08:23 PM   #19
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those two renders are worlds better than the previous ones. at least the shitty restaurant box next to tesco looks half decent now.

If they dont extend the floor plates and make sure they actually put effort into making the Park Row entrance grand then it will be ok. Still a crying shame to lose the existing facade but if it's happening anyway it may as well be to a high standard.
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This refurb will no doubt cause a civil war...

And battle will take place on a surface car park opposite the train station.
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