East Leeds: Top award for chapel revamp

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THE former Seacroft Methodist Chapel in Leeds triumphed over some of the region’s newest and most impressive property schemes, to gain top honours at this year’s regional property Oscars.

It scooped the ‘Community Benefit’ award at the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Pro Yorkshire Awards, held at The National Railway Museum in York.

The amazing transformation of Seacroft Methodist Chapel, which is home to East Leeds FM, impressed judges at the property recognition awards.

The striking building won the award for its conversion in to the first-ever dedicated arts venue in East Leeds.

The chapel was originally built in 1874, but 15 years ago fell into disuse and the dwindling congregation desperately looked for someone to bring the building back into community use. Otherwise they faced having to demolish one of the few remaining historic buildings in the area.

In October 2014 Heads Together Productions completed a £900,000 renovation and redevelopment to create what is now known as Chapel FM, and home to community radio station, East Leeds FM.

Exhibitions, community events and much more take place at the A64 York Road venue.

Adrian Sinclair, creative director of Heads Together, said: “More than 6,000 people have come along to Chapel FM since we opened last October. It’s been great to see how local people have taken to the place, we’ve had so many lovely comments.

“Getting the Pro Yorkshire award is another boost for us and for all the people who have helped make it such a success.”

RICS judges praised the project team for delivering an attractive scheme which is proving to be of significant benefit to its local community.

The prestigious awards celebrate inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.

TV star Phil Spencer was the host for this year’s annual glittering ceremony. Best known for his work on the Channel 4 series, Location, Location, Location,

Phil proved a huge hit with the audience of over 330 local property professionals.

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