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Old May 26th, 2019, 05:18 PM   #441
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Old May 26th, 2019, 06:35 PM   #442
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whichever angle you see this building from, it looks first class. Such a great colour, vibrant and expensive looking if you know what I mean. I have to say, it make Symons House seem very bland but will reserve judgement until its finished
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Old May 26th, 2019, 10:08 PM   #443
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Y’know, Mike, looking at your first pic (excellent, by the way), it makes me wonder if it might be worthwhile letting loose some of the graffiti artists of Leeds on the retaining walls of the inner ring road. The glossiness of St Alban’s is making them look particularly grim so why not let some of these graffitiists have a go at livening them up?
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Old May 27th, 2019, 12:18 AM   #444
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that's a good idea imo, a bit of paint would make all the difference as the IRR is looking very tired. It can't be long before the money spent on maintainence will in the long term exceed the cost of creating something new or even revolutionary (for commuters) out of it or even filling it in. It needs a rethink on how to make it work without killing us all imo I don't know if they'd ever consider capping it in sections (at first) to create unpolluted space and new land above and have space -age filtration towers to suck out the fumes. It would be expensive but the benefits as in better Air quality and new space created above for Parks and small scale developments would be worth it imo. There's enough height and space in certain sections of the IRR to construct an elevated overhead rail or tramway of some sort above the road traffic... but yes some paint just to brighten it up would do for now.
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Old May 27th, 2019, 01:10 AM   #445
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that's a good idea imo, a bit of paint would make all the difference as the IRR is looking very tired. It can't be long before the money spent on maintainence will in the long term exceed the cost of creating something new or even revolutionary (for commuters) out of it or even filling it in. It needs a rethink on how to make it work without killing us all imo I don't know if they'd ever consider capping it in sections (at first) to create unpolluted space and new land above and have space -age filtration towers to suck out the fumes. It would be expensive but the benefits as in better Air quality and new space created above for Parks and small scale developments would be worth it imo. There's enough height and space in certain sections of the IRR to construct an elevated overhead rail or tramway of some sort above the road traffic... but yes some paint just to brighten it up would do for now.


I think I read about something along the lines of what you’re proposing. It was in Paris, I believe, where an urban motorway was covered over in large sections with enough strengthening to allow for parkland and lightweight buildings to go up over the motorway.
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Old May 27th, 2019, 02:51 PM   #446
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I think I read about something along the lines of what you’re proposing. It was in Paris, I believe, where an urban motorway was covered over in large sections with enough strengthening to allow for parkland and lightweight buildings to go up over the motorway.
You could be thinking of some short stretches of the Périphique, but a more famous example is the Big Dig in Boston where this was done. It was a massive infrastructure project but has had an enormous effect on integrating two sides of the city that were previously totally severed.
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Old June 4th, 2019, 05:37 PM   #447
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P6031461vita by tigerman687, on Flickr

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Old June 4th, 2019, 08:21 PM   #448
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Really nice photos Tigerman! Just a few patches to go!! It’s great to see the light variation in each facade, particularly between the ceramic colours, nothing quite like it!
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Old June 4th, 2019, 08:58 PM   #449
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I genuinely don’t like the lighter shade used for the tower. I’d have preferred they stuck to just the one
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Old June 4th, 2019, 10:10 PM   #450
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I like how they've done the central portion in the lighter more golden shade - and I think this whole development is a real jewel; it looks superb and a real iconic addition for Leeds.
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Old June 4th, 2019, 10:28 PM   #451
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Debated in length I’m sure. That would have quite an affect on the composition, on balance for a building seen both far and near this just feels right personally, the gold by contrast highlights the richness of the bronze, and in tandem brings life back to the park.

Not sure about those signs though...
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I hadn’t noticed the strip of glazing down the middle until now. Very smart!

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I hadn’t noticed the strip of glazing down the middle until now. Very smart!

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Once the white tape is taken off the glazing bars the effect will be clearer, nice job with the split at the top also.
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Old June 5th, 2019, 11:13 PM   #454
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it's quite a subtle difference between the shades of cladding imo, I took this not very good pic late on at around 8.30 pm a few days ago

I wouldn't mind a whole host of other new buildings with the same type of cladding



it's certainly going to brighten up that entry into town
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Looks stunning. Can't wait for New Briggate to be pedestrianised and landscaped. It looks unbelievably tatty by comparison to the gleaming golden tower.
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Old June 7th, 2019, 12:05 AM   #456
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The gold was originally meant to be emerald green on the building. Can't imagine that now.
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Old June 7th, 2019, 10:39 PM   #457
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Vita is a lesson to the council that the city needs higher quality cladding and more colour.
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Old June 16th, 2019, 01:56 AM   #458
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I passed by Vita 1 today and the glazing looked superb (as well as the glorious cladding) it's very reflective and not dull looking at all. It's as good as the new City College glazing or better...and with Central Square (esp. the whitehall road side), Wellington Place, Victoria Gate and John Lewis we're getting spoilt lately in terms of quality architecture, long may it continue
btw I can't remember seeing any buildings posted on here superior to vita 1 that's been built in Brum or Manchester recently (despite their 87 cranes) but i'm sure someone, somewhere must have used this type of cladding on a building before?






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Of buildings currently under construction, this is the highest quality cladding in the country right now.
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Of buildings currently under construction, this is the highest quality cladding in the country right now.
The only downer is that for every one of these high quality buildings we get five shit ones.
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