Leeds Art Gallery is one of the most notable buildings in the city, and our contribution to keeping that way can be found if you look hard enough, as one of our team member’s parents discovered on a recent visit.
In 1982 the Art Gallery building underwent a substantial renovation and expansion which led to the new south entrance - the one that remains today and opens straight on to the Headrow and the conversion of three houses into what’s now the Henry Moore Institute. We successfully tendered for the work through our then director and senior estimator Colin Marshall which was a full rewire of the building, which was originally constructed in 1888.
Contributing to such a significant part of Leeds’ architecture was a huge privilege and one we were allowed to commemorate in a very fitting way. Outside the steps at the side of the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre are a series of brass plaques of each company involved in the renovation. Thirty seven years later, it’s incredible to think that it’s still there, still being noticed and a lasting reminder of the great Leeds businesses that deliver vital services across the city.
As if that wasn’t enough, we also had a Royal encounter after the modifications were completed when Colin was invited to meet Queen Elizabeth II when she officially opened and was shown around the Leeds Art Gallery by sculptor, Henry Moore, as part of her tour around the surrounding areas.
Since then we’ve continued to look after some of Leeds’ iconic and important buildings, from the Art Gallery to LGI. Our work is in the fabric of this city and we’re proud to help keep it switched on and powered up.