X1 Aire Residential Development

X1 Aire Residential Development

Project Summary



Electrical & Mechanical Installation


Quartzelec Leeds successfully tendered and won a £2m ‘new build’ M&E engineering contract for the X1 Aire residential project in Leeds.

The X1 Aire project is being delivered by Bardsley Construction Ltd as the main contractor, working on behalf of X1, one of the northwest’s premier development companies with a proven track record in the provision of high-end, buy-to-let, properties in focused key growth areas.

The Project

Located adjacent to the River Aire, in the centre of the city overlooking the cultural quarter, the prestigious 12‑storey X1 Aire Leeds development comprises of 147 one and two bed apartments, including five luxury penthouses, together with office space, an exclusive on‑site residents gym and 118 private secure car parking spaces – providing an attractive waterfront location in which to live and work and helping revitalise the area.

Initial planning and ground works on the project commenced in late 2015 and the project is scheduled for completion by March 2017. The majority of Quartzelec’s essential M&E work comes on stream from early this spring with the electrical Installation elements comprising the electrical provision and electrical heaters plus general and emergency lighting and all external lighting.  CCTV, access control and intruder detection system are also included. The mechanical aspects include the air conditioning, a sprinkler system, both hot and cold water services, smoke vent ventilation and all the above ground drainage.

The X1 Aire development is being constructed using a reinforced concrete frame with a post tensioned reinforcement design to help improve the floor to ceiling height accommodation space. The frame will be hidden by a combination of materials ranging from masonry brickwork and trespa clad boarding which will provide the breaks in the building mass to enhance the individual balcony space while the mix of trespa colours will help bring its own individuality to the building. Aluminium windows will again help puncture the spans of brickwork.  The lower ground floor main entrance elevation will be treated in a timber cladding to soften the approach along the East Street scene.

Quartzelec have previously delivered all the M&E aspects on a number of similar development projects including X1 Manchester Town Hall and the One Smithfield apartments.


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