Kinrise, the developers of 34 Boar Lane in Leeds, have appointed Grace Ellerby as the iconic building’s community manager.
34 Boar Lane, located in the heart of Leeds, has been transformed into a creative office, leisure and retail space, after a £6.5 regeneration and refurbishment programme.
Grace, who studied French and German at Leeds University, has recently taken up her new post.
She said: “This is a dream job for me. 34 Boar Lane is not a typical office building. It is unique in Leeds as it provides single desks for entrepreneurs, studios for small teams and full floors for large global companies, all under one roof with a programme of cultural events and even free electric bicycles for tenants to get around the city.
“I will be the welcoming human face for all the occupiers of the building, especially those based in the co-working and studio space on the ground floor. I will be their first point of contact, making them feel at home and helping to solve any problems they might have.
“At the same time, I will be organising events and initiatives in the building, such as film screenings, concerts and other community gatherings, all designed to make 34 Boar Lane a hub of activity and collaboration.
“The guiding philosophy of Kinrise is to inspire and enable everyone who walks into one of their buildings and this underpins my approach to my new post. It is very exciting and I look forward to welcoming new occupiers to this very special building in the coming months.”
Grace added: “This is a great opportunity to work within a friendly and tight-knit team. I am delighted to be part of one of the most exciting developments in Leeds in recent years.”
George Haddo, co-founder and director of Kinrise, said: “Grace’s skillset is ideally suited to the role of Community Manager at 34 Boar Lane. She is extremely personable, very much in tune with Leeds’ artistic and social community and experienced in organising events. It is the perfect combination.
“This is an important appointment for us. Our aim is to turn iconic but un-loved buildings into creative work and community space. It means that the city’s heritage lives on for the future and real cultural capital remains in the centre rather than being pushed further out of cities. To succeed, we need a human face at the heart of our buildings.”
Samuel Lawson Johnston, co-founder of Kinrise, said: “People and organisations thrive as part of a genuine community – the opportunity to build a welcoming space is at the centre of what we do when we buy and restore buildings. Grace will be an integral part of achieving this aim.”