Marking the “start of a new era” for Leeds Building Society (LBS), we are undertaking the £10m strip out and refurbishment of its new headquarters in Leeds city centre. Once complete in late 2020, the “significant investment” will facilitate the Society’s expansion and bring together more than 800 Society colleagues who are currently spread across three different locations. A key feature of our 80,000 sq ft modernisation programme has been the replacement of the building’s façade to improve thermal and lighting performance, and to ensure LBS’s power needs can be met solely from renewables.
A signature project for our Leeds based delivery team, the new LBS headquarters will place the Society “right at the heart” of the city where it was founded in 1875. Conceived to “further improve efficiency” and help cut the “operating costs” of the business, the refurbishment represents a “significant investment in the future”.
Our CAT A and CAT B fit-out programme includes internal soft demolitions, hard demolitions and structural works, as well as external façade works. Reflecting LBS’s energy efficient design strategy, we have replaced the existing façade with glass, which has significantly increased the amount of natural daylight flowing into the building.
This approach will also minimise the volume of artificial lighting required when operational. Equally, the installation of energy saving cladding will ensure heat is retained in winter and reduce the amount of cooling required in the hotter summer months. Furthermore, all of the fossil fuel heating has been removed from the building, ensuring that it will be completely powered by renewable electricity systems.