Daniella Johnson

22nd December 2016

December Roundup of News

This month at BBA:

Projects currently at planning stage:

Ellis Gordon Court

Planning has been submitted for refurbishment and extension of an existing care home to form a new entrance area, 1 no. bedroom and reconfiguration of existing flat layouts for Housing and Care 21.

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Buslingthorpe Lane

Plans to create a major new residential development consisting of 228 apartments on the site of a former tannery, just outside Leeds city centre and close to Scott Hall Road, have been approved by planning officials.

The scheme has been designed by Leeds based Brewster Bye Architects on behalf of Stage One Development and Partners on a 1.25 hectare brownfield site accessed off Buslingthorpe Lane, which is known as Hill Top Works. The site is currently occupied by a former mill building and the derelict tannery, which have mostly sat empty for more than 20 years.

A Leeds City Council plans panel approved plans for five modern buildings to be built on the site around its highly distinctive boundary wall and 115 foot high chimney, which will become focal points within the development. The proposed one, two and three bedroom apartments will give a good mix of scale and type of accommodation and a quarter of the site’s footprint will be amenity space with extensive landscaping through the creation of a 143 space underground car park.

Chris Austin, Managing Director at Brewster Bye Architects, says: “Securing planning for this development will breathe new life into a redundant site as well as providing a superb range of much needed new homes which will be targeted at first time buyers.

“The site occupies an elevated position and many of the homes will enjoy far reaching views across Leeds. The development will also boast plenty of high quality amenity space that will benefit from lots of natural light through the five buildings being stepped in height, along the natural contours of the site.

“It’s also great that the site’s historic boundary wall, landmark chimney and original cottages can be incorporated into the development. These will continue to point towards the site’s industrial heritage and act as a reminder that the Sheepscar area was once home to such a thriving leather industry.”

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Projects on site:

Gipton Fire Station

Contractors Simpsons of York have started works on site for the conversion and extension of a redundant Fire Station to provide a new community centre.

This includes:

  • Office accommodation for GIPSIL incorporating consultation and counselling rooms.
  • Teaching kitchen and instruction area. Together with Ministry of Food, Zest will run cookery classes for local residents.
  • A shop selling re purposed goods and refurbished furniture etc.
  • Former Young Fire-Fighters’ annexe remodelled by Stage 2 – a local charity offering acting and performance-based activities to children and young adults.
  • A café with full catering kitchen run as part of the shop and as a commercial/ community venture for building users and visitors.
  • A small Enterprise Hub where hot-desking space will be rented out to enterprising individuals/ organisations needing flexible workspace.
  • Lettable office space for future prospective users.
  • Meeting rooms, consultation rooms and ancillary spaces.
  • Environmental improvements to external areas to provide a landscaped entrance, a café garden as well as parking for staff, visitors and building users.

The original 1930’s building will be retained with minor additions to enhance its fire-station ‘feel’. All tiling will be repaired and retained, and new timber secondary doors and shutters installed to the engine bays.

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Press releases:

Green Light for Major Leeds Apartment Development. To find out more click on the link: http://www.brewsterbye.co.uk/news/press/green-light-major-leeds-apartment-development

Other news:

In Brewster Bye tradition Santa visited the offices earlier this week to give the boys and girls their Secret Santa presents.

By the looks of things we have all been good this year, although there were a couple of ‘odd’ gifts. http://www.brewsterbye.co.uk/news/bba-news/brewster-bye-secret-santa

The staff of Brewster Bye attended their annual Christmas meal at Brasserie Blanc. A good time was had by all.

We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.