Work has started on transforming a redundant 46,000 sq ft industrial building in Bramley to create a new leisure facility and with it 30 new jobs.
The property on Elmfield Way has been empty since 2011 but is set to see a Pure Gym open its doors this autumn.
Richard Tovey, Director at Gregory Property Group who submitted plans for the site, said: “We have been working in conjunction with Threadneedle to bring forward plans for this prominent building and after a lengthy and detailed planning process, we are delighted that construction has commenced.
“This will bring new life to the site whilst delivering important facilities and jobs for Bramley.
“The commitment by Pure Gym for the whole of the accommodation is testament to the quality of the location and the need for leisure facilities in this area.”
Company Threadneedle has appointed Yorkshire-based Dimestage to demolish a third of the building and refurbish 30,000 sq ft while creating 130 new car parking spaces.
Leading fitness chain, Pure Gym has agreed to take a lease on the whole of the premises and will occupy about 20,000 sq ft initially with the remaining being marketed to let via Gent Visick.
Angela Crawshaw, Property Director at Pure Gym said: “This will be a great location for us offering 24-7 access and up to 75 free classes as well as free car parking for the community between Leeds and Bradford.
“This will be our third gym in Leeds and we continue to seek other opportunities both locally and nationally.”
The development follows a new Aldi store, built opposite, in the mainly residential area.
Construction work is due to be completed soon with the gym to open in autumn.