PLANS have been approved for the transformation of a building in one of the most prominent locations in Leeds city centre.
The front of the Grade II listed building looks out onto Wellington Street close to City Square and Leeds City Station, with a rear extension towards Aire Street.
It is currently used as offices but now the site owner, Hallborough Properties, has won permission to turn it into a mix of apartments and leisure space.
Keeping the building’s ornate Wellington Street frontage and gable walls, the scheme will comprise 26 flats with scope for a 9,000 sq ft restaurant/bar and coffee shop on the ground and lower ground floors.
Most of the rear extension will be demolished and replaced with a new six-storey building that will connect to the retained older part of the site via internal bridge links.
The leisure element of the development will have dual frontage to Wellington Street and Aire Street.
Design work on the scheme – said to offer a “sympathetic blend of old and new structures” – has been carried out by experts from Think Architecture.
Morgans City Living is advising on the residential units while Pudney Shuttleworth is promoting the leisure opportunity.