Electric Press Theatre
Civic theatre for use by Leeds City Council and the redevelopment of the buildings forming the south side of Millennium Square for office and retail use
The Electric Press Theatre is a new structure, with a bar/restaurant at ground level, a 350-seat auditorium, a smaller 80-seat performance space, foyers, bars, dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, workshops and offices.
Accommodating the theatre meant the demolition of the north-west corner of the carriage works, while the elevation to Millennium Square has had a floor added, using matching brick.
Externally, the theatre is clad in Portland stone addressing the Civic Hall. The western elevation is clad in brick with stone dressings. The principal facade, slightly concave in form, includes substantial areas of glazing with a large and prominent projection screen. The internal finishes of the theatre are simple and economical – painted blockwork is the predominant material.
- Begun: Aug 2003
- Completed: Feb 2005
- Floor area: 8,468m2
- Sectors: Civic, Public realm, Arts and culture
- Total cost: £7.5M
- Tender date: Mar 2003
- Procurement: JCT 98 With Quantities
- Address: The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD, United Kingdom
- Architect: Panter Hudspith
- Project architect: Simon Hudspith
- Client: Asda St. James
- Quantity surveyor: Franklin + Andrews
- Structural engineer: SEJC
- Services engineer: John Ryan Partnership
- Planning supervisor: Leslie Clark
- Main contractor: Quarmby Construction
- Theatre fit-out architect: Architectural Design Services, Leeds City Council