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Leeds Kirkgate ‘revival’ continues with pace

New York House in Kirkgate, which is having a major re-fit by developers Rushbond.
New York House in Kirkgate, which is having a major re-fit by developers Rushbond.
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A “heritage gem” in Kirkgate has secured its first tenant as part of a major refit to breath new life into the building.

New York House is part of developers Rushbond’s plan to revitalise the Kirkgate area, including the Corn Exchange and First White Cloth Hall.

People's Holding staff Liv Pad, Liv Woodward, and Dan Causio.

People's Holding staff Liv Pad, Liv Woodward, and Dan Causio.

Marketing company People’s Holdings will move its 85 staff into the building, which is next to the original I.J. Dewhirst Ltd drapery suppliers building, which has a historical ties to Michael Marks and Tom Spencer — co-founders of Marks & Spencer, after signing a ten-year lease to take over 14,000 square foot of the previously-empty upper floors.

The transformation of the space will include a basement break-out bar, speakers’ podium, mezzanine meeting pods and a new shop front.

New York House was acquired by property company Rushbond in September 2016.

The company recently announced plans for the Kirkgate area in the Yorkshire Evening Post, including investing in the “evolution” of the Grade I-listed Corn Exchange, with plans for a new cafe and new design features.

Director of Rushbond, Mark Finch, said: “New York House is another heritage gem within the vibrant Kirkgate neighbourhood. We are absolutely delighted that a great company such as People’s Holdings have seized the opportunity to offer a truly inspirational workplace and play a part in the ongoing revival of this historic part of the city.

“The Kirkgate neighbourhood is certainly looking into the future.”

Marketing director of People’s Holdings, Ben Bisco, said: “We love being in this area. We want to add to the character of the area, and be a part of Kirkgate’s revival.”