16th June 2015

Renowned Listed Building to be Converted Into Student Accommodation Close to Leeds University

Planning permission has been granted for the development of a mix of one and two bedroom student apartments and studios within a Grade II listed building in Leeds originally designed by renowned local architect George Corson in the 19th Century, whose work includes Leeds grand theatre, Leeds central library and the landscaping of Roundhay gardens.

Burley House, which is located on Clarendon Road close to the University of Leeds, has been granted full planning permission and listed building consent by Leeds City Council for six one-bedroom and two two-bedroom apartments as well as eight studios within the original building. A further seven studios and a one bedroom and two bedroom apartment will sit within a newly designed building adjacent to Burley House.

The project has been designed by Headingley-based Brewster Bye Architects with planning advice from Indigo Planning on behalf of Maan Investments.

Director Chris Austin from Brewster Bye Architects, the firm that designed the scheme from its inception says: “This is a very prominent site on the corner of Clarendon Road in a conservation area that maintains much of its original outlook and character.

“We’ve considered the design of the new build in great detail to ensure that its appearance integrates completely with the original building and area as a whole. The contemporary design and building form complement the existing style of Burley House, and aim to maximise the outlook over Woodhouse Square Park as well as ensuring excellent levels of natural light.”

David Smith, Associate at Indigo Planning says: “The successful planning consent is a result of long-term planning and development with the local authority, community groups, local residents, Council officers and the Chair of The Leeds Design Advisory Group.

“Early engagement with the local authority and interested parties has helped secure the use of this important building and create a development that meets the current needs of students in Leeds.”

The original features of Burley House, which include an impressive full height semi-circular corner bay on the arcaded basement storey, will be retained as part of the development and a garden that was previously tarmacked will be restored in the building’s grounds. The internal remodelling of Burley House will begin in August 2015 and the whole scheme is set for completion by summer 2016.