The Shoe Factory
Metropolis Architecture Ltd
Shackerley has helped Metropolis Architecture Ltd to transform Boston House, a former 1920’s shoe factory into a contemporary apartment complex that sets a distinctive design-led tone for other developments to follow in Leicester’s Abbey Meadow Regeneration area.
A dramatic and eye-catching Sureclad ventilated facade has been supplied for the main south facing elevation of the building, which has been sympathetically converted into 44 luxurious apartments including eight penthouses.
The gently curved façade appears to have been made of exposed oxidised metal with all its variegated colouration and texture. However, each slab is made of ceramic granite and the distinctive ‘metallic’ finish is the result of a special surface treatment which gives the slabs their rich texture and a high degree of reflectivity. This reflectivity means that the outward appearance of the frontage of the building is constantly varying in response to changes in the prevailing weather conditions and the direction and intensity of sunlight.
Project Architect Mark Guyatt said: “The original factory building had a very simple industrial aesthetic. Our intention was always to retain and expose the best parts of this and to contrast them with simple contemporary additions. The metallicised ceramic granite cladding from Shackerley presents a very clear contrast with the retained brickwork of the remaining exterior elevations. At the same time the gentle curves of the new façade and the penthouse roofs contrast strongly with the strong linear character of the factory.” .
With Shackerley’s facade we have transformed the appearance of this tired old factory, and now, as a complex of luxurious contemporary apartments in a vibrant regeneration area, the building will have a completely new lease of life.”