The developer behind plans to transform an historic building from a fire-ravaged shell into a shiny new office block has unveiled new images of what the building will look like inside.
Rushbond plans to start work on the former Majestic cinema and nightclub in Leeds, the roof of which was destroyed in a fire in 2014, this summer.
The scheme, which secured planning permission at the end of last year, will create six floors and 65,000 sq ft of office space.
A grand three-storey height foyer will create a new entrance into the building, which is located in City Square, opposite Leeds Station. The scheme design also includes a light-well with a semi-circular staircase serving the deeper plan office spaces to the rear.
Mark Finch, director of real estate at Rushbond, said: “The Majestic will offer all the amenities and qualities demanded by modern-day business, right in the heart of the city, within a truly unique iconic building. Leeds is a city with an eye over its shoulder at the past but importantly, a real ambition for the future. The exceptional quality of the design blends with the exceptional quality of the location.”
Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, added: “I’m delighted to see these exciting plans for the Majestic, which retain the character of this iconic building and make the most of its location.”
She added: “This scheme is one of many in Leeds at present that reflects the city’s success and ambition, and makes the most of our stunning architecture while bringing it into everyday use again. I look forward to seeing this fantastic building once again act as a welcoming gateway for visitors to the city; alongside the transformed Leeds Station as the city prepares for the arrival of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.”
Rushbond bought the Majestic in 2010. It completed a renovation with a view to letting it as a leisure destination to bars and restaurants but a fire ripped through the building on the night of September 30, 2014.
The grade II-listed landmark, which dates back to the 1920s, has had spells as a cinema, bingo hall and, most recently, a nightclub, which closed in 2006.