The Proud Place, Manchester
LEDA were commissioned as part of the design team (RIBA stage 3-7) for the design and construction of a much needed and long awaited new community centre on Sidney Street, Manchester, owned and operated by The Proud Trust. The existing LGBT+ Centre in Manchester was the first entirely publicly-funded and purpose-built Gay Centre in Europe, however it had become beyond economic repair.
The project replaces the existing building with a new three-storey building, to enable the Proud Trust to more than double its impact in supporting the LGBT+ community and promotion of equality and diversity. The centre aims to be a vibrant hub for LGBT+ life in Manchester with a café and kitchen, multi-use space, offices and meeting rooms.
Collaborative Consultation and Sustainable Design
We worked closely with the Proud Trust and the architects URBED to prepare a strategy for building services that would fully meet the Trust’s requirement for an environmentally sound, energy efficient and low-running cost building. This included a Stage 2 sweep up and options appraisal of the possibilities for renewable energy generation on site, and an appraisal of whole life financial and energy costs.
Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) calculations were used to optimise the building fabric design, the building services and to gain AECB Building Standard. By aiming for a high quality and low heat loss building fabric, we were able to apply lean design principles to the building services, optimising use of daylight and artificial light, simplifying heating and cooling systems within a mixed mode ventilation design.
|Client:||Proud Trust, Manchester|
|Services Provided:||M+E Design, Sustainability Consultancy, Feasibility studies for renewables and metering systems and Passive House Design|
|Dates:||Jan 2018 – July 2020|
|Contract Value:||£2,400,000 Approximate Construction Value, Detailed Design and Traditional Contract|
|Technologies and Unique Features:||PV, LED Lighting, Day lighting design, Air Source Heat Pump, Passive House Planning Package, Airtightness, Insulation|