A new rooftop bar and plant-based eatery, The Green Room, is to open on Wellington Street this summer.
This newest addition to the Leeds nightlife and leisure scene is a collaboration between young entrepreneurs Will Habergham and Pj Gardner.
Inspiration for the concept initially came from New Zealander Will. Following a trip down under visiting family and friends, he returned with a vision for opening a multifunctional venue that could be a coffee shop by day, bar by night.
Both Will and Pj are familiar faces in the leisure industry having worked for the past decade in clubs, events, music and festivals and crossed paths whilst working the club scene. They quickly realised not only did they have a mutual passion for music and nightlife but also recycling and sustainability. Fast forward two years, that passion has become a reality, and this summer, The Green Room is set to open its doors.
Co-Founder Will Habergham said: “Having worked all my life in the nightlife and leisure industry, I’ve seen how trends have changed not only in how we socialise and attitudes towards the environment but also in how we work.
“Due to the impact of the pandemic and the trends towards a healthier lifestyle, people’s perception of the work/play balance has been forced to change, and we wanted to create a space that can accommodate those lifestyle changes and beliefs.”
During the pandemic, this forward-thinking duo have been working relentlessly to transform a historic building in the heart of Wellington street. The striking building with an impressive terrace is located next door to the newly renovated Majestic building, home to the new Channel 4 HQ and seconds away from Leeds City Station.
Inspired by the heritage of the building, the site’s transformation commenced in November 2020 with an entire renovation. Previously an old members club, phase one has seen over 70 tonnes of waste removed and recycled from the site.
Co-founder Pj Gardner said: “We wanted to bring our vision to life and create a space that is in line with our beliefs and core values and create an environment focusing on wellbeing and sustainability while still enjoying all the benefits of nightlife. Our aim is not to send any waste to landfills and always recycle. Although the site has been completely gutted and renovated, we have tried to keep as many of the building’s original features, such as the original flooring and used décor and fittings from other reclaimed or recycled sources where possible.”
The developers behind the renovation, All Property Management Ltd, have ploughed £3m in transforming this ground-breaking scheme. All Property Management are no strangers to unique and high spec developments and are the brains behind several schemes in the region, including The Bells Hotel, Briggate Boutique and Carr Hall Castle to name but a few.
As well as enhancing some of the building’s original features, charm and character, the developers plan to incorporate lots of greenery into the decor, an eclectic blend of industrial fittings, reclaimed furniture complemented by ‘warm’ soft furnishings.