Liam Crowther, Architectural Technologist answers Yorkshire Post's Property Q&A.
What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire?
Despite the challenges created by the pandemic, there is plenty of activity in the property sector, particularly in the city centre as the urban renaissance of Leeds continues at a pace. We are particularly busy creating well-designed student accommodation, extra care schemes and residential apartments throughout Yorkshire and beyond.
What is your favourite building in the region and why?
The Weston building located in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which opened in 2019, being used as a multi-purpose space. I like the simple palette of materials and colours with its integration into the context into the wider park, providing a light space for thousands of people to enjoy each year. The natural interior design shows how buildings can increase a person’s connection and interaction with their surroundings.
If you could change one thing to improve the property industry in this region, what would it be?
The approach and views towards sustainability and the environmental impact of property. The industry is certainly working towards creating more environmentally friendly, zero carbon commercial buildings and residential homes, but a bigger rollout with more national companies lobbying for change in the region would be welcomed.
Whom do you most admire in property in Yorkshire?
I admire any developers and designers that spend the time creating genuinely unique and creative buildings that provide further character to Yorkshire, that will become future landmarks for the region where people can come together.
What is the best project you have been involved in?
A development of 96 self-contained studio apartments within a part six and part eight storey building on Cookridge Street, Leeds. The Oasis Residence has become Leeds city centre’s most sought after student address, offering a superb range of apartments, with excellent communal facilities, in a stunning building just off Millennium Square.The modern building was specifically designed to respond to the tight urban nature of the site, next to the stunning façade of the O2 Academy.Built using stone to match adjacent buildings and featuring two stepped storeys on top, constructed mainly of glass, the building has become a prominent landmark in this fast-evolving part of the city. The natural stone cladding and modern curtain walling design also allowed the building to integrate really well with its surroundings, which with tight site constraints, a prominent location and its proximity to listed buildings provided a unique design experience.