Steel restores historic Leeds landmark
Work is underway to renovate and rebuild First White Cloth Hall, one of Leeds’ most historic buildings.
The project includes constructing a new modern glazed atrium, which will be the centrepiece of the building by creating an open space to highlight the renovated and retained parts of the structure.
Working on behalf of main contractor H.H Smith & Sons, BD Structures is fabricating, supplying and erecting 45t of steel for the job.
BD Structures Managing Director Chris Heys said: “Our work involved a detailed 3D survey of the existing retained structure from basement through to roof.
“Certain elements of the listed building had to be retained and supported, which involved tying the existing walls to the new steel frame via brackets on the steelwork and ties through the new composite metal deck floor slabs.”
Prior to the redevelopment work, First White Cloth Hall had been empty and unused for a number of years. Originally built in 1711 by merchants eager to entice traders away from surrounding towns, it played a key role in establishing Leeds as a major player in the textile industry.