Maple’s vertical fins are being used to add texture and visual interest to a new residential development in Leeds.
Our Aurora range of aerofoil blades are typically used within brise soleil systems to protect windows from direct sun. However, at the Monk Bridge development on the site of a former steelworks, the vertical fins are being fixed to the brickwork as an architectural feature on five new blocks.
The blend of brick and metal is a nod to the site’s industrial past, and is the brainchild of Leeds architects Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher.
We’ve completed installation of the fins – powder-coated in two complementary shades of grey – on two of the blocks. We are currently working on a third block, with a fourth and fifth set to be completed in 2023.
The Monk Bridge development by main contractors Galliford Try is one of the most significant build-to-rent developments ever seen in Leeds. When complete, the blocks (which vary in height from 12 to 22 storeys) will contain a total of 665 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
The scheme borders the Leeds-Liverpool canal and makes the most of the existing surroundings, using the Victorian viaduct of the defunct Leeds and Thirsk railway to create a new route to the city centre. The existing railway arches below will also be renovated to provide space for retail and hospitality businesses.