Plans have been submitted for the creation of 23 new one and two bedroom affordable rental apartments in Leeds City Centre.
Leeds-based architecture practice Brewster Bye, has designed the £2.5 million scheme which is located in a prominent position on the corner of Hanover Square on behalf of Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association.
Architect Roger Stannard from Brewster Bye said: “The new building will replace an existing vacant building known as Kendal Carr that adjoins an extension of the renowned Grade II listed Denison Hall, which was built in 1786 and sits in a higher position to the North of Hanover Square.
Occupying such a prominent position, on the North West corner of Hanover Square, means it is essential that we get the design and quality of Kendal Carr right.
As a result our contemporary new-build design draws its inspiration from the Georgian and Victorian architecture that surrounds it and we are confident it will complement its illustrious surroundings perfectly.”
Hanover Square is an iconic Georgian Square with mature trees and a parkland layout which is enclosed by restored railings.
It provides a large public open green space and is part of a predominantly residential area that includes privately owned family homes and rental apartments as well as some sheltered housing.
Roger added: “The new building will therefore sit slightly further away from Denison Hall’s grounds than the existing building. It will be of a similar height and the new design will have an elegant and simple roof line.
“The windows will reduce in height moving up the three storeys and follow a strict grid pattern similar to those found in the surrounding Georgian townhouses.
“The building will be constructed predominantly from a carefully specified red-brick that sits comfortably alongside the surrounding Victorian red-bricked terraced two-storey homes and three-storey Georgian houses that make up the other three sides of Hanover Square.”
Joanna Chambers from Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association said “A full demolition of the existing building is necessary in order for us to deliver these fantastic 23 new homes which meet all the necessary standards for modern living.
“The existing building which was constructed in the 1970s and now stands empty, didn’t meet any of the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) requirements or Building Control standards. The new apartments will therefore be at the forefront of all of those standards and be occupied by people based on an assessment of needs and demand.
“Kendal Carr will provide seven one bedroom and 16 two bedroom affordable flats with parking in this hugely sought after area. The flats on the ground floor will include small areas of private open space and every home will also have a secure cycle space.”
Roger added: “Kendal Carr is situated in a fantastic location with good access to local amenities, it is also within easy walking distance of Leeds City Centre.
“Following the planning process, work could begin in Summer 2015 with the flats ready for occupancy during Autumn 2016.
“We are confident that the scheme will no doubt become an important part of Hanover Square’s street scene and add to the character of the area whilst also providing some essential new homes in the area.”