Leeds-based developer, Priestley Homes, has been granted planning permission to transform 2 Great George Street in the heart of Leeds into a £31million mixed-use space, including 83 new apartments and commercial units.
The multi-award-winning developer, which specialises in the regeneration of historic buildings, will renovate the Grade-II listed, former Victorian school into 34 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments. The addition of mezzanines will add extra floor space for the creation of the new homes throughout the building. In addition, the existing twentieth-century entrance will be removed and a new entrance to the west face of the building will be created.
A new-build, three storey glazed extension will be added to the rooftop of the building for further residential accommodation, alongside communal roof-top garden, and winter terrace, creating a social hub for all residents. Landscaped public areas with seating and planters will be installed at the west side of the building also. New ground-floor office accommodation will sub-divided into several units, providing 815m2 in high-quality workspaces for Leeds businesses.
The £31million regeneration and new-build scheme will be a premier development in Leeds and the first to bring £1million-plus penthouses to the market. Each of the four penthouses will be finished to the highest standard, offering city views, floor-to-ceiling glazing throughout, luxury fittings, a private roof garden with hot tub, plus an indoor and outdoor kitchen bar area. The penthouses will also include steam rooms and fully automated Control4 smart home systems.
All residences will be completed to the highest specification, with large, original windows, designer fixtures and fittings, and the latest smart home technology. The development will also feature a private, on-site residents’ gym at ground-floor level, plus concierge facilities.
Nathan Priestley, chief executive officer of the Priestley Group, said: “As a Leeds-based business, it’s a privilege to be able to transform one of the city centre’s most ornate historical landmarks and bring it back into use as beautiful new homes and high-specification workspaces. Our strong reputation speaks for itself when breathing new life into heritage buildings and we can’t wait to make these ambitious plans a reality.
“Most of the development in Leeds city centre is allocated to student housing and PRS schemes. We believe there is a huge shortage of truly magnificent homes for owner-occupiers that give a taste of individuality and elegance; something that we will set out to deliver at 2 Great George Street.”
In creating these new homes, Priestley will ensure that most of the building’s history is retained. The developer has a strong track record of heritage building restoration, with its award-winning Hanover House scheme in Leeds as well as Conditioning House in Bradford. These projects set the benchmark for sympathetic restoration, with both developments selling out on completion.
Located in the city’s Northern Civic Quarter, just off Millennium Square, 2 Great George Street sits within a major regeneration zone and cultural hub known for its grand Victorian architecture. Priestley Homes partnered with UK-wide specialist lender, Together, which provided a multi-million-pound facility to help purchase the site.
Priestley Homes’ main contractor, Priestley Construction, has commenced the initial strip-out of the building, with the aim to complete in Q1 2023.