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Leeds apartments scheme gets the go-ahead

VISION: A computer generated image of how Lucent Square will look.
VISION: A computer generated image of how Lucent Square will look.
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IT has variously been used as a church, a medical clinic and a library service headquarters for Leeds City Council.

Now another chapter is set to open in the story of Hope City Church, on York Road, close to Quarry House in Leeds city centre.

Planning permission has been granted for the transformation of the building into a total of 52 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Work is set to get under way in December on the Lucent Square scheme, which has been designed by Brewster Bye Architects for developer Gold & Amber.

Chris Austin, managing director at Brewster Bye Architects, said: “This building will feature a simplistic, attractive design style incorporating sleek cladding, frameless glass balustrading and ribbon glazing, as well as incorporating underground parking for 34 cars.

“Due to the nature of the building, which is very deep in parts, we have created some unique generously proportioned apartments on the first three floors.

“These will have an en-suite bedroom, kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and a living-dining room that has a glazed opening giving light to a further flexible room that lends itself to a variety of uses.

“The building’s slightly elevated position and the proposed large balconies give stunning views over the city.

“It is in an area of the city that is rapidly changing and this new development will make an important contribution.”

Gold & Amber already has developments at Brunswick Court, North Crescent and Kirkstall Gate in Leeds.