Roger Stevens Building – Leeds
Architect: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon
This unique building was designed by Barbican architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon as part of their Leeds University campus master plan. Rightfully grade II* listed in 2010, the listing can be found here.
Miscellaneous Concrete – Leeds
Worsley Medical and Dental Building – Leeds
Architect: Building Design Partnership
A very heavy and solid looking building, with vertical concrete strips interspersed with glazed sections.
Subject of a very odd episode of building sites with the artist Damien Hirst
Merrion Centre – Leeds
Architect: Gillinson, Barnett & Partners
First opened in 1964, the Merrion Centre recently celebrated its 50th birthday. The photos are of the large office block that rises above the complex. Not a huge amount has changed since the opening, but one of the most obvious things is the shocking plastic cladding which can be seen intruding in the bottom right of the first photo. I just don’t know what people are trying to achieve with plastic cladding of this kind. It ruins the original vision of the building, but surely it isn’t fooling anyone into thinking that this isn’t a huge brutalist beast. While vast concrete blocks aren’t to everyone’s taste, vast concrete blocks with plastic panels stuck to them aren’t to anyone’s taste. Anyway, here’s a charming story about the opening of the centre from the Yorkshire Post: