City Island Apartments, Leeds

Architect: Brewster Bye Architects
Fabricator: Fox Aluminium
Products: Faceted curtain walling, FXi46 tilt/turn windows, FXi52 patio doors

Developed by Mayfair Developments, City Island is a £36m riverside apartments scheme, and one of the biggest city centre residential projects to be built in Leeds. The development features more than 1,000 windows and doors from Technal.

Faceted curtain walling was also supplied for the double height penthouse apartments. The system follows the curved roof profile and supports brise soleil sunshading to the living rooms on the south-facing elevations.

City Island comprises three buildings of up to 15 storeys high, built around a central landscaped courtyard. The scheme provides 404 individually designed apartments and penthouses, which make use of the attractive river and canal views.

Tilt/turn windows from the FXi46 suite were used in punched hole and tall ribbon configurations, and FXi52 patio doors open out onto the balconies for all the apartments. Infill panels were used between floors to separate the doors and give the appearance of continuous strips of glazing. All the systems were finished in dual colours – dark grey on the outside and light grey internally, with clear double glazing.

Other architectural features of the City Island project include private wedge-shaped balconies to every apartment, an open courtyard with ponds and bridges at the centre of the development, and a striking shaped roof, which cascades to form the larger duplex apartments at the upper levels. Two of the penthouses have roof top ‘observatories’ with panoramic views of the Leeds skyline.



The Architect’s Perspective

Matthew Seddon, Project Architect, Brewster Bye Architects:

“We have specified Technal’s products on other schemes and so were confident in the quality and long-term performance of their systems.”

“This scheme had a demanding specification for acoustics, which we were able to deliver using the FXi door and window systems, whilst maintaining visual continuity across the project – a key factor in the design.”