23rd November 2015

Architects go Back to School with £20m Leeds Development

Brewster Bye have been back in the school-room as work on site has started creating 101 homes on the prestigious Headingley site.

The Victoria Gardens development, which has been designed by Brewster Bye Architects for Stonebridge Homes, will see a mix of townhouses and apartments created within a parkland setting, surrounded by mature trees, and this week the architects were on-site to see the demolition of the modern school extensions.

Architect Nick Page says: “The demolition of the extensions, which were attached to the historic building, will allow the school to be renovated back to its former glory. This is a magnificent building with wide corridors and high ceilings. As architects, we thoroughly enjoy the challenge of turning spaces, which formerly housed chemistry labs and classrooms, into luxurious stand-out apartments.

“This building will be the focal point of the development and the 36 one, two and three bed apartments will form phase two of the development. The first phase of the scheme is already on sale and consists of 20 four bedroom family townhouses which are proving very popular – with a number already sold.”

The development is just round the corner from Brewster Bye’s offices. Nick adds: “The site is just yards away from our Headingley office, so we can literally see the build from our desks. It’s such a high-profile landmark scheme and it will deliver much needed quality homes in Headingley in an unrivalled setting.”

Chris Austin, managing director at Brewster Bye adds: “The development will see an incredibly skilful refurbishment of both the original school building and the Grade II listed Rose Court. Its position in a sensitive, conservation area just over a mile away from Leeds city centre, means that much consideration has been given to the overall design. Many key features of the original school building will be maintained and the overall design philosophy has enabled Stonebridge Homes to deliver a contemporary scheme which reflects the local vernacular and architectural language of this popular Leeds suburb.

“We have combined our local knowledge and experience of complex sites, with our passion for creating interesting and site specific architecture to generate a sustainable development that will become a fantastic place to live.”

The two house types available in the first phase are the Buckingham and the Cambridge, which provide spacious living over three floors. Both have four double bedrooms and three bathrooms. The kitchen and master bedroom have large bay windows, and the open plan lounge/dining area has bi-fold doors, which open into the gardens. The homes, which will be constructed from natural products including wooden windows and slate roofs, will also feature premium Villeroy & Boch bathrooms, Bosch appliances and Porcelanosa tiles.