New firm set to help homeless in Leeds

The board of directors at the St George's Crypt Development Company in Leeds. Front Row (left to right) - Jonathan Clark (Chair, St George's Crypt), Maggie Gjessing, Mark Henderson.

The board of directors at the St George's Crypt Development Company in Leeds. Front Row (left to right) - Jonathan Clark (Chair, St George's Crypt), Maggie Gjessing, Mark Henderson.

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A Leeds charity which provides vital help and support for the city’s homeless people has launched a new property development company.

The St George’s Crypt Development Company are set to provide homes and community facilities for homeless and disadvantaged people across Leeds.

The board of directors of the new venture is made up of some of the city’s leading property and construction experts, making the most of their expertise in housing, design and support.

The company’s directors include Mark Henderson, from Brewster Bye Architects; Jonathan Morgan from city living specialists Morgans; renowned quantity surveyor and project manager Richard Cavadino; Joel Owen from The Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Maggie Gjessing, executive regeneration manager at Leeds City Council and the Reverend Jonathan Clark, from St George’s Church.

The first site that St George’s Crypt Development Company plans to develop is located next to Saint Hilda’s Church in Cross Green. It will offer 20 homes as well as a range of community facilities.

The company is also hoping to redevelop and expand a hostel on Regent Terrace, in Headingley, which currently offers accommodation for 10 men, who are dependent on alcohol.

Mark Henderson said: “As a company, we have a longstanding relationship with St George’s Crypt, which was forged by Brewster Bye’s co-founder, the late David Bye.

“Over the last 20 years we have worked with the charity on a pro bono basis on a wide range of highly successful projects and it’s great to be taking it to the next level by launching this development company.”

St George’s Crypt is based within the thriving church of St George’s in Leeds.

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