4th December 2015

Demolition to Make Way for New Affordable Housing Scheme in Leeds City Centre

Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) has started work on a brand new £2.5M housing development in Hanover Square, by demolishing an unused building to make way for 23 new build affordable rented apartments in this highly sought after location on the edge of Leeds city centre.

United Living Group, a leading provider of refurbished and new build living solutions, has been appointed by LYHA as the successful contractor. A team from its Doncaster site has started demolition of the existing 1970s building known as Kendal Carr, recently bought by LYHA from Leeds City Council. Work on the new build will start in the New Year which will adjoin an extension of the Georgian Grade II listed Denison Hall, built in 1786.

The development of 7 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom apartments with on-site parking, has been designed by Leeds-based Brewster Bye Architects to be in-keeping with, and to complement, the surrounding area. The contemporary new build will be constructed from a carefully specified red-brick that Is associated with large parts of Leeds and will complement the nearby Victorian terraced two-storey homes and three-storey Georgian houses that make up the community of Hanover Square, from which the building draws its inspiration.

Lisa Pickard, Chief Executive of LYHA, said: “It is fantastic to see work start on this beautifully-designed new building which will bring much-needed affordable homes to this area. It will also add value to, and enhance, the local community which is something LYHA is extremely passionate about and has a track record of delivering.”

Architect Roger Stannard from Brewster Bye Architects said: “This promises to be a standout development in a highly sought after residential area, just minutes away from Leeds city centre. We’ve specifically designed the building to be sympathetic to the existing streetscape and its surroundings, while offering modern living standards and highly efficient homes, which will make it a hugely popular place to live.”

Charlie Dunn, managing director of United Living Group, said: “We’re looking forward to beginning this new build project at Hanover Square. When completed, these new affordable homes will be in a prime location, ensuring that local residents can remain well connected to opportunities that are emerging from the city’s successful growth. Not only does this initiative provide much needed housing, it is also driving investment into the local community which supports local training and employment opportunities, as well as community projects and initiatives. This is something that we are extremely passionate about at United Living and so we’re delighted to be working with Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association on this scheme.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said: “The demolition marks the start of another new chapter in the council’s and our partner’s efforts to provide affordable housing.

“Only this continued and coordinated effort from housing providers, developers, the third sector and landlords, led by the council, will ensure we have suitable, quality and energy efficient housing that meets Leeds’ needs now and in the future.

“While we look forward to the completion of the works and tenants moving in to their new homes, we’re pleased the project will be providing a boost to the local economy with jobs and training opportunities alongside our dual aim of providing a housing market that offers choice and availability.”

LYHA is committed to adding value to existing communities in areas where it works and ensuring it makes a positive local impact. The new apartments will be ready for to move into by February 2017.

The project is being part-funded with a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

LYHA has an ambitious 20 per cent growth target and is set to build or acquire 208 new homes by 2018 and, in addition to the new apartments near Hanover Square, LYHA is currently on-site with 25 new homes in Wombwell, Barnsley; and is refurbishing Sutcliffe Buildings in Settle to create nine apartments.