New roof in place at fire-ravaged Leeds landmark

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Work has been completed on the latest stage of a massive repair programme at the fire-ravaged Majestic building in Leeds city centre.

The historic site has been given a new temporary roof, which will protect the interior from the elements while its extensive water damage dries out.

All fire-related debris has also been cleared from the building, owner Rushbond PLC told the Yorkshire Evening Post today.

Mark Finch, the firm’s director of real estate, said: “The design team and contractors were rapidly mobilised so they could deal with the issues arising from the fire.

“Despite the speed at which they needed to work, there was a very clear programme in place for the work.

“Firstly, supporting the building was the main priority then removing the remains of the roof and finally installing this temporary cover.

“The building is now clear of all the fire-related debris and what is needed is time in order for the building to dry out over the coming months.

“Fortunately, we have had a relatively mild winter but the contractors had to work quickly to remove the charred roof structures and eradicate the risk of ice and snow damage.

“It has been a challenge but one that the team have stood up to, working closely with the helpful and responsive city council team.

“The building will continue to be monitored across the summer while we look to progress the next phase in the revitalisation of this iconic Leeds site.”

Fire ripped through the former nightclub building in September last year.

Rushbond had recently completed a renovation of the site with a view to letting it as a leisure destination.

A 32-year-old man accused of starting the Majestic fire was found not guilty at Leeds Crown Court earlier this month.

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