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Dudleys helps to transform Leeds derelict building into ‘Sistine Chapel’

Dudleys Consulting Engineers has completed works to help transform a derelict warehouse in Leeds to facilitate a spectacular life size exhibition of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibition in the former Polestar Petty Printworks building, Leeds
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibition in the former Polestar Petty Printworks building, Leeds

The display at the newly created Versa Studios on Whitehall Road, Leeds is open to view now until 30th October 2022.  It is touring the UK having already impressed audiences around the world with its life size, up close, immersive experience.

Dudleys was initially involved with the redevelopment of the former Polestar Petty Printworks building in 2018 after being appointed by Caddick Group to advise on civil and structural engineering requirements for the entire site. The building was sold to Leeds City Council which in turn agreed terms with Versa Studios to provide spaces for film and television. This space became a key factor in Channel 4’s decision to locate in Leeds.

Dudleys delivered structural solutions for the refurbishment of the former print works building back in 2019 and then further assisted Versa Studio’s 2021 fit out of six new studios ranging from 8,000 to 22,000 sq ft.

The depth of experience with the building has led to Dudleys being further instructed to assist organisers Fever with the very delicate installation for the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition which is currently underway.

Andy Walker, Managing Director at Dudleys, commented,

“We are delighted to be retained as a reliable consultant on this project.  Whilst the building itself was a standard redevelopment project, the creation of six studios for TV and filming needed bespoke structural installations to support specialist load capacity and rigging. Further consultation was needed to facilitate the very delicate installation of art for the Sistine Chapel display.

“It is fantastic to see that the venue, and indeed Leeds, is now able to support worldwide exhibitions such as this.”

Dudleys is a Leeds based company offering Structural and Civil engineering advice across the UK. Established more than 12 years ago, the privately owned consultancy employs a team of 25 highly skilled engineers. It operates in all key real estate sectors including residential, industrial, commercial, retail and education. 

Key warehouse development projects include the award winning Sunnybank Mills in Leeds and AAA Park (Moor Park 25) in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Other key clients include developer CEG, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, Leeds Bradford Airport, Leeds United Football Club, Arla Foods and Unilever UK.

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