Former Victorian school in Leeds city centre to receive £31m renovation to create apartments and shops

The site of a former Victorian school in Leeds is to be transformed into a £31m development comprising apartments and commercial units.

Monday, 4th October 2021, 10:14 am
Updated Monday, 4th October 2021, 10:16 am

2 Great George Street is to be developed into a mixed-use space, including 83 new apartments and commercial units.

Leeds-based developer, Priestley Homes, has been granted planning permission to carry out the work to renovate the Grade-II listed, former Victorian school into 34 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments.

The addition of mezzanines will add extra floor space for the creation of the new homes throughout the building. In addition, the existing twentieth-century entrance will be removed and a new entrance to the west face of the building will be created.

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A view of how the site will appear.

A new-build, three storey glazed extension will be added to the rooftop of the building for further residential accommodation, alongside communal roof-top garden, and winter terrace, creating a social hub for all residents. Landscaped public areas with seating and planters will be installed at the west side of the building also.

New ground-floor office accommodation will sub-divided into several units, providing 815m2 in high-quality workspaces for Leeds businesses.

The £31million regeneration and new-build scheme will be a premier development in Leeds and the first to bring £1million-plus penthouses to the market.

The development will also feature a private, on-site residents’ gym at ground-floor level, plus concierge facilities.

Nathan Priestley, chief executive officer of the Priestley Group, said: “As a Leeds-based business, it’s a privilege to be able to transform one of the city centre’s most ornate historical landmarks and bring it back into use as beautiful new homes and high-specification workspaces.