MPV Nightclub

Union North, Leeds, 2002

 

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The units were prefabricated in sections to meet the height and width restrictions of normal transport 

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  • The units were prefabricated in sections to meet the height and width restrictions of normal transport    
  • The four units are based on the same structural system with either single- or two-storey spaces adapted for their individual uses, such as bar, restaurant and nightclub    
  • The pods have also been described as dustpans, dustbins, bottle banks, handbags and Porta­kabins    
  • The steel construction provides the primary structure of ground and first floors, roof and walls    
  • The canopy/doors open to reveal glazed front elevations    
  • Bars are oak; upholstery and drinks counters are in durable black leather    
  • Once opened, four svelte and cleverly lit interiors are revealed    
  • The middle rooms have off-white servery-style bars which plug the back wall    
  • The cabin-like WC block    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Mezzanine plan    
  • Cross section    
  • Long section    
  • Door detail     
  • Door detail    

Four identical prefabricated steel hulled red pods that protrude from four interconnected railway arches in Leeds city centre, for use as bar, restaurant or nightclub

By day, the shiny shuttered pods give no clue as to the use or point of entry to the building. Each 7x3m front wall is in fact a counter-weighted, hinged door, which opens upwards on a power-assisted winch mechanism to form a canopy.

The four units are based on the same structural system with either single- or two-storey spaces adapted for their individual uses, such as bar, restaurant and nightclub. The steel construction provides the primary structure of ground and first floors, roof and walls integral with the steel skin, which provides the external envelope. The ground and first floors consist of timber joists spanning between the primary steel ribs and supporting plywood decking.

The design addresses the site constraints incurred due to the units being located within the arches of an operational Railtrack viaduct. The requirement for access for inspection and maintenance of the brickwork of the arches was resolved by the freestanding design of the units. This allows free access to arches and the roof of the units was designed to take access loading for Railtrack inspection purposes.

Data

  • Begun: Jan 2001
  • Completed: Nov 2002
  • Floor area: 290m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £512,989
  • Tender date: Jan 2001
  • Procurement: JCT 98
  • Address: 5-8 Church Walk, Leeds, LS2 7EG, United Kingdom

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