Leeds Maths School
Repurposing and transforming a cultural gem to create a new learning environment
Leeds Maths School is the creative reuse of the former Yorkshire Building Society Headquarters, to form a new post-16 school in the heart of the city centre.
Its aspiration is to provide students with a more mature and well-rounded learning experience within an exciting city location which will better prepare them as they approach life and work following their studies.
With the existing building sitting within a conservation area, we have carefully preserved the character of the urban landscape.
Its prime location on The Headrow means the new school is well-connected to the city’s top universities, whilst making it easier for postgraduate students to teach there.
The school will also welcome students from a wider area across West Yorkshire, with train and bus stations just a ten minute walk away. This will provide the opportunity for more students living on the outskirts of the region to access the school and benefit from the opportunities available.
It is a prime example of how we are repurposing vacant yet culturally significant buildings and using them for diverse purposes, helping to invigorate local economies and support the regeneration of our towns and cities.
Creating an inspiring learning facility that will leave a lasting impact
Several important principles have been identified following the detailed evaluation of the Department for Education’s (DfE) and GORSE Academies Trust’s brief, an assessment of the site and its surrounding area, an evaluation of the issues and opportunities related to the development, consideration of planning policies and regeneration initiatives and national guidelines for design quality.
Some of these key principles include a high-quality education environment that inspires students to learn, sustainable design, construction and environmental servicing, good use of the site that is welcoming and accessible to both students, teachers and people in the community.
Leeds, LS1 5JW
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