Visit Leeds - Instagram Photography Walk
I was very lucky to snap up a free ticket to take part in the first Visit Leeds Instagram Photography Walk. If I counted correctly about 20 local instagrammers also snapped up tickets as well.
Before The Walk
The day before the walk a itinerary popped into my inbox, I had a quick look through it and noted three entries that instantly had me excited about the walk even more. They were Central Square - Private access to Sky garden terrace, Balconies of Victoria Quarter and rooftop of platform at Leeds train station. I was counting down the hours until it was Saturday afternoon.
The Day Of The Walk
I woke from my slumber, fresh and ready for th….who am I kidding? I had been up since 6am because I have 3 kids that do not understand weekend and sleep in. It was not all bad. It gave me plenty of time to check my kit. But I still ended up leaving my fully charged battery at home and bring two half charged batteries. No idea how that happened, oh wait, I do. CHILDREN. Weekend and not sleeping in. I feel like I may have although mentioned that.
Leeds Town Hall
I arrived at the meeting point a little before 12:15. I half expected nobody to be there, but everyone waiting. I almost felt like they were just waiting for me. But I am happy to say, they was not..phew. So after a few more minutes things got underway.
After a quick welcome and briefing, we were all set loose in the Victoria Hall in the town hall. It has been such a long time since I was in this building. I think it maybe close to 10 years since I was last inside. But it is just how I remember it. Majestic and elegant, somewhere you should visit if you are ever in Leeds.
[Source: Wikipedia] Leeds Town Hall was built between 1853 and 1858 on The Headrow (formerly Park Lane), Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, to a design by architect Cuthbert Brodrick. It was planned to include law courts, a council chamber, a public hall, a suite of ceremonial entertaining rooms and municipal offices. With the building of the Civic Hall in 1933 some of those functions moved away and it became essentially a public hall and law courts.
Central Square Rooftop Garden
This is one of the stops I was looking forward too. This is because the rooftop garden is not open to the public. You must be a resident of the building to get access to this space. Also the views of the city are amazing.
[Source: http://constructingexcellence.org.uk] Central Square is a landmark new office led mixed use complex located in Leeds City Centre. The scheme provides high quality, highly sustainable office accommodation at the upper levels above restaurants and shops at ground floor. The building provides the largest office floor plates available in the city of 25,000 ft² net, arranged so they are capable of sub-division, providing flexible and highly efficient floor space.
Central Square wraps around an inviting winter garden and atrium space, in a form which follows the existing contiguous piles that were located as part of the previous Lumiere scheme and subsequently exposed to create underground car parking. This forms part of a stunning new public realm with greatly enhanced pedestrian connectivity across this urban infill block resulting in almost 80% of the overall site area being publicly accessible.
Balcony at Victoria Quarter
Another one of the stops I was waiting for, on the balconies above Victoria Quarter. This space is used by the businesses for storage and where they go pee pee haha.
While I was up there with a group of 15 snapping photos, a gentleman noticed us and started to shout that we should not be up there and he then proceeded to take photos of us all haha.
[Source - Wikipedia]The Victoria Quarter consists of three blocks between Briggate and Vicar Lane, comprising County Arcade, Cross Arcade, Queen Victoria Street and King Edward Street. It opened as The Victoria Quarter in September 1990.
The County and Cross Arcades were built between 1898 and 1904, designed by the theatre architect Frank Matcham. They were notable for glazed barrel roofing decorated with copious amounts of faience from the Burmantofts Pottery, a number of mosaics and plentiful use of marble. Matcham's development included the Empire Theatre and all three constructions were in the same style: three storeys decorated in a free baroque style with pink and buff terracotta.
In 1961, the Empire Theatre was demolished to make way for another arcade in contemporary style. Having become dilapidated, the arcades were restored by Derek Latham & Co in phases between 1989 and 1996, and a stained glass roof by British artist Brian Clarke was erected over Queen Victoria Street. The arcade that replaced the theatre was demolished and replaced by a branch of Harvey Nichols which opened in 1996, the first branch outside London.
The Platform at Leeds Train Station
Platform represents a major strategic development for the city, being in the heart of Leeds, as well as being plugged directly into the regional and national transport network. Platform stands above the city’s mainline railway station boasting 13 stories.
End Of The Walk
The Platform building was the last stop on the walk. It was such a great day, we did not only visit the 3 places mentioned above. We did go to Park Square, Corn Exchange, Leeds Market, Victoria Gate. Thank you to Visit Leeds, Visit England, Leeds Photography Group and Victoria Leeds. If you would like to see more images from the day they can be found on my Facebook page, search Anthony Hibbert Photography.