The Grand Arcade in Leeds has been messed about, cut up and not respected over its one hundred year life. Our intention from the beginning was to try and regain some dignity, to re-establish some sense of grandeur and scale.
The design establishes a new venue in Leeds, refurbishing part of the old arcade and cinema. We never intended to cover things up but to leave them exposed, scarred and flawed. This was about giving the building back its sense of identity its history and allowing visitors to glimpse the many faces that the structure has endured over the years. We replaced the Victorian glass frontage appropriate to its listed status. We have woven this integrity into a new brand to create a quirky slightly eccentric interior where the building is the main character.