24th July 2018

Planning Approval Gives Hope to Former Church Building

Planning permission has been granted to create 52, one and two bedroom apartments within a former church building, which fronts onto York Road close to Quarry House, in Leeds city centre.

Designed by Brewster Bye Architects for developer Gold & Amber, Hope City Church will be transformed into a five storey building with ground floor retail space, and will be named Lucent Square. The community church group that previously owned the building has outgrown the venue, which was also once a medical clinic and library service HQ for Leeds City Council.

With good pedestrian and cycle access, the building is just a short walk into the city and is convinently located for bus stops and the motorway network.

Now that plans have been approved, work stripping the building back to its original structure will start in December 2018. New external walls will then be built to create room for balconies and amenty space, then an additional lightweight three storey extension will be offset against the roof of the original second floor.

Chris Austin, Managing Director at Brewster Bye Architects, said: “This building will feature a simplistic, attractive design style incorporating sleek cladding, frameless glass balustrading and ribbon glazing, as well as incorporating underground parking for 34 cars.

“Due to the nature of the building, which is very deep in parts, we have created some unique generously proportioned apartments on the first three floors. These will have an en-suite bedroom, kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and a living/dining room that has a glazed opening giving light to a further flexible room that lends itself to a variety of uses.

“The buildings slightly elevate position and the proposed large balconies give stunning views over the city. It is in an area of the city that is rapidly changing and this new development will make an important contribution.”

Patrick Finn, from Gold & Amber, said: “Hope City is the third scheme we have worked on in Leeds with Brewster Bye Architects. The firm has successfully created three unique and innovative designs that totally rejuvenate the existing tired buildings. As with our other Leeds city centre schemes - Brunswick Court, North Crescent and Kirkstall Gate, we are expecting the apartments to appeal to both investors and owner occupiers.”

Gold & Amber is the company behind the successful North Crescent development, which saw 46 new two bedroom apartments delivered in Leeds city centre. It also developed 39 apartments at Brunswick Court in the Mabgate and SOYO Quarter of Leeds and is currently working on converting a neglected 1960’s former halls of residence into 44 stylish apartments on Commercial Road in Kirkstall, known as Kirkstall Gate.