The Tetley is a new centre for contemporary art and learning located in the 1931 art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery in central Leeds. Simon and David worked with Arup to redevelop the headquarters into a publicly accessible building, an exciting mix of the old and new with heritage preserved yet reinterpreted. The Tetley is operated by Project Space Leeds (PSL), a registered visual arts charity established to create a platform for emerging artists across the UK and further afield, allowing them to make and show work on an expansive scale, pushing their practice within a supportive environment.
The team were appointed by Carlsberg to convert the former Tetley’s brewery building. Our aim was to design considered interventions and modern insertions to create a unique arts space that would significantly add to Leeds’ contemporary cultural landscape and allow the people of Leeds access to this special building for the first time. The design delivers new gallery spaces, an auditorium, learning space, café bar and offices all based around a central atrium which links to the original open staircase. The challenge was to retain historical features, repair damage and re-appropriate the spaces to make them relevant to the new user and their future visitors.