Victoria Quarter, Leeds, England

Leeds, England


Installed: 1989 Size: 743 sq metres (8,000 sq ft) Client: Prudential Assurance Architect: Sir Frank Matcham Architect to the refurbishment: Derek Latham & Company In the late 1980s Brian was asked to contribute a proposal for a stained glass artwork to accompany the refurbishment of Queen Victoria Street in the centre of Leeds, in the north of England. His proposal was to glaze over the street, creating a shopping arcade. The coloured roof extends from one end of the street to the other and is over 400 feet long. The composition is still the largest single work of stained glass in Great Britain. Where the eaves of the modern roof glazing meet the Edwardian street façade it was decided that a band of clear glazing would be left, allowing plenty of natural light into the street and sensitively limiting the amount of coloured light falling onto the polychromatic glazed tiling of Matcham’s architecture. Visitors to the Victoria Quarter are treated to an unforgettable coloured sky even during grey autumn afternoons, as the glass vivifies the space.