New £2.5m Leeds city centre project is underway

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Work to demolish a city centre building to make way for dozens of new apartments as part of a multi-million pound development is underway.

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) has started demolition work on the Kendal Carr building, in Hanover Square, where 23 affordable rented apartments will be built next year.

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Work on the £2.5m housing development is being carried out by United Living Group and LYHA says the apartments, on the edge of the city centre, will be ready by 2017.

Lisa Pickard, LYHA chief executive, said: “It is fantastic to see work start on this beautifully-designed new building which will bring much-needed affordable homes to this area.

“It will also add value to, and enhance, the local community which is something LYHA is extremely passionate about and has a track record of delivering.”

The housing association owns and manages more than 1,000 properties across the region.

The completed development, part-funded by a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, will include seven one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom apartments with on-site parking.

It was designed by Leeds architects firm Brewster Bye Architects and will adjoin an extension of the Grade II listed Denison Hall building.

The new apartments will be constructed from red brick, to complement the nearby Victorian terraced homes and Georgian houses which already exist in Hanover Square.

LYHA bought the site from Leeds City Council and got the go ahead after architects secured planning permission from the plans panel in February.

The housing association said building work is due to start on the site next year.

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