LEEDS COLLEGE of Music has announced plans to relocate their music library to the Quarry Hill Skyline building, dramatically increasing resources available to their students, as well as making their impressive facilities available to the general public.
I’m delighted that we’ll also be able to share our extensive collections with music lovers throughout the city.
The two-storey development will house LCoM’s 60,000+ piece collection, which includes printed music, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, as well as a student learning space, staff offices, meeting rooms and communications facilities.
A proud bastion of Leeds’ cultural scene since it started in 1965, Leeds College of Music has always championed relevant and innovative music education since - these new plans to open its unique set of resources to the public in 2017 was a significant focus of the project, positioning the institution as a real hub of Leeds cultural quarter.
The conservatoire has always been a key player in the Leeds cultural scene, championing relevant and innovative music education since its inception in 1965. Giving the public access to its unique music resource and enhancing Leeds’ creative resources was a significant focus of the project.
“As part of our aim to be a centre of creative discovery for Leeds, I’m delighted that we’ll also be able to share our extensive collections with music lovers throughout the city.” said Gerry Godley, Principal and MD of Leeds College of Music.
Previous collaborators DarntonB3 Architecture will be working with the college on the project, building on the successful relationship developed during the realisation of Quarry Hill Campus’ 2015 RIBA award-winning new entrance.
“We have re-employed the same design principles that we applied to our previous award-winning project for the conservatoire and will focus all our skills on achieving the same high-quality end result for this scheme.“ said DarntonB3 director Keith Hardcastle.
The Quarry Hill area has come to be known as Leeds’ Cultural Quarter, due to cultural organisations like the BBC, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance and Munro House calling it home. Leeds College of Music moved to the area in 1997, and opened its main performance space, The Venue, in 2003.
Planning permission has been granted for the Skyline building, whose ground floor has been unused since opening in 2009. Building commences January 2017, with completion expected in June.
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD