Contractors have been appointed to comprehensively refurbish an iconic central Leeds building, which was originally the home of Hepworth Tailors.
Wellington Park House, now renamed Tailors Corner, was bought for an undisclosed sum by award-winning property developers Boultbee Brooks last year.
Work will begin in September to transform the building, which is situated on the corner of Wellington Street and Thirsk Row, into the home of some of the finest Grade A office space in the city. The £4m refurbishment programme will take 12 months.
The main contractor is Simpson Ltd of York.
Eamon Fox, partner with global property consultancy Knight Frank in Leeds, who are marketing Tailors Corner, said: “Set over seven floors and offering over 25,000 sq ft of design-led Grade A workspace with suites from 1,000 sq ft, we’re rebuilding the past and reinventing it for today. A place steeped in history — formerly a fabric and garment warehouse with a once state-of-the-art retail space at street level, it’s always been a site for trailblazers and forward-thinkers.
“Fast forward to 2020 and we’re reinvigorating this building with life, energy and verve. It’s called Tailors Corner in honour of its history – making its mark once more. We’ve designed Tailors corner around real people; the way people work, and what they do in between.
“We’ve done away with basement parking for the privileged few, in favour of installing bike storage and shower facilities for everyone. And, there’s an incredible roof terrace for all the tenants.
“Set in the hubbub of the city just moments from Leeds station and the new Channel4 HQ, and with the Cycle Superhighway literally on the doorstep, Tailors Corner is designed as an inspiring modern space where businesses thrive within a community of like-minded people.”
The renovation of Tailors Corner is being led by the same architectural team gpad, Hollis and Hoare Lea LLP, as many of Boultbee Brooks’ past developments, including the multi award-winning Concordia Works in Leeds.
Mr Fox added: “Developers Boultbee Brooks have already demonstrated their commitment to excellence in Leeds with the stunning refurbishment of Concordia Works in Sovereign Street, which has won a number of prestigious awards.
“They had been looking for a suitable development opportunity now Concordia Works has been completed. And this is it. The building will be radically refurbished to provide a solution to the increasing demand for trendy, cutting-edge office space in Leeds.
“The newest generation of workers expect their office to be an inspiring and enjoyable place to work. Historically the preserve of technology and media firms, the new ideal office combines collaborative spaces with individual work areas, as well as providing amenities that encourage people to think of work as an extension of home.”
The comprehensive refurbishment includes: A new, bespoke eight-person lift; cleaned and overhauled elevations; a new communal roof terrace with feature planting, decking and views of the Leeds skyline; architecturally sympathetic feature ground floor entrances; a communal roof terrace on the 7th floor, with a 6th floor terrace for exclusive use of that floor’s occupants; new double glazed windows throughout; dedicated entrances on Wellington Street and Thirsk Row; showers and changing rooms; and 30 cycle racks.
Wellington Park House was originally built in 1881 for Hepworth Tailors but was badly damaged by the Great Fire of Leeds in July 1906. It was subsequently completely rebuilt and continued to be occupied by Hepworths, the forerunners of Next, until the 1920s.
Mr Fox said: “The location is superb. Apart from being so close to the rail station. There are an abundance of sandwich shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity providing excellent amenities for staff and occupiers.”