Work begins to transform 1960s office block Fairfax House into 168 apartments

Work to transform a former 1960s office block into apartments has begun.

By Rebecca Marano
Saturday, 9th April 2022, 11:45 am

Construction work is ongoing to transform Fairfax House, in Leeds city centre’s Arena Quarter, into 168 new homes.

Fairfax House, on the corner of Merrion Street and Wade Lane, is being developed by Leeds based property company YPP and has been designed by Brewster Bye Architects.

The main seven-storey office building is being transformed into 154 studio and one-bedroom apartments, which already had permitted development approval.

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Fairfax House is being redeveloped into apartments.

In addition, Brewster Bye secured planning permission earlier in the year for a two-storey rooftop extension that will comprise of 14, one, two and three bedroom apartments, and will replace an existing rooftop plant structure.

Amenity space for residents will also be incorporated into the scheme.

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A spokesperson from YPP said: “Securing planning permission and then immediately starting work on the transformation of this iconic Leeds building, is a fantastic position to be in.

“The scheme benefits from having both Leeds Arena and the city’s main shopping and leisure areas on its doorstep. It’s also in a part of the city that is currently benefitting from a huge amount of new development, as well as numerous new and completed tall building projects, which all enhances the vibrancy of the area and will make it a fantastic place to live.”

Andrew Chapman, associate director at Brewster Bye Architects, said: “Fairfax House is a very distinctive Leeds building in a prominent city centre location, but it was no longer fit for purpose and looked dated in this fast-evolving part of the city.

“As part of the development’s design, we’ve made major improvements to enhance the building’s appearance which will include partial glazing and recladding, and a smart new welcoming feature entrance will be created. This will be complemented by a generous outdoor and indoor amenity space for residents to enjoy across the ground and upper ground floors, that will offer landscaped seating areas and various other communal spaces.

“Once complete, there’s no doubt it will be a sought-after place to live in one of the city’s most exciting areas.”

Colbre Projects Ltd has been appointed as principal contractor and work is due to complete in August 2023.

The development will then be managed by YPP Lettings and become part of the Live Oasis brand which offers high quality rental apartments across numerous purpose-built developments throughout Leeds and beyond.