New life for former Leeds school

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A historic former school site that has been empty since the recession will soon become a new community for young families.

The former Leeds Girls’ High School site on Victoria Road in Headingley, Leeds, is due to become a 101 home development by Stonebridge Homes.

The development – known as Victoria Gardens – will include a mix of townhouses and apartments.

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Phase one will go on sale this month, and includes 20 four bedroom townhouses that are built for young families.

Darren Stubbs, the managing director of Stonebridge Homes, said: “This development brings much needed family homes to Headingley. It will provide premium homes in a parkland setting, on the edge of the city centre. It is our most high profile development to date and we have taken real care to create a new community and be sympathetic to the local environment.”

Stonebridge Homes has grown rapidly in the last three years, and now develops sites across West Yorkshire.

The company has seen strong demand in 2015 with off-plan sales up 50 per cent on the same period last year. The architects behind the scheme, Brewster Bye, worked with planning consultants Barton Willmore on the design and planning application.

Architect Nick Page from Brewster Bye said the scheme was a skilful refurbishment of both the original school building and the Grade II listed Rose Court.

The site in Headingley has been vacant since 2008 when the girls’ school moved to Alwoodley and merged with Leeds Grammar School to form The Grammar School at Leeds. Leeds Girls’ High School opened in Headingley in 1876 and it grew to become one of the most respected educational institutions in Yorkshire.

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