New lease of life for Leeds school

Sandeep Gupta.
Sandeep Gupta.
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A former school has been given a new lease of life thanks to an ex-pupil.

Sandeep Gupta was shocked when he learned that the former Pudsey Grangefield School building, in Pudsey, was up for sale.

Mr Gupta, who lives in Leeds, decided to make enquiries into the west Leeds site and bought it at an auction.

The Grade II listed building, which has stood empty since it was closed in 2008, is now being transformed into luxury apartments for over 55s which include a spa, therapy room and gym equipment.

Mr Gupta said: “I think people will be amazed when they see the transformation.

“It is a beautiful building with a rich history, so we have been careful to ensure that the conversion has been carried out in a sympathetic way, while at the same time creating a unique community environment.

“Once building work is complete, The Grange will incorporate 49 apartments.”

Mr Gupta was brought up partly in Pudsey and India but he attended the school between 1991 and 1992.

He also went back to Pudsey Grangefield School in 1994 to take an adult education course in French.

Mr Gupta earlier told the Yorkhire Evening Post: “I have quite good, nice memories about the school and I was very shocked to find out that the school would be shutting down.

“I could see it getting closed and not being re-used for anything else and in the long run, it would get shut down or vandalised.

“I found out that the place was being sold so I decided to make enquiries about the building.

“I think every memory of my childhood at the school was very fond.

“I used to find the building very amazing and it was one of the places which has made me an admirer of old buildings.”

The building on Richardshaw Lane is opening its doors to potential buyers this weekend. Area new homes manager Katie Gibson added: “It is a real privilege to be working on such a prestigious development.

“Having been involved with the project from the outset, I am really looking forward to welcoming people to the launch weekend.”

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