Leeds-based developer Priestley Homes has been granted planning permission to transform 2 Great George Street in the heart of the city into a £31million mixed-use space, including 83 new apartments and commercial units.
The developer, which specialises in the regeneration of historic buildings, will renovate the Grade-II listed, former Victorian school into 34 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments.
The addition of mezzanines will add extra floor space for the creation of the new homes throughout the building. In addition, the existing twentieth-century entrance will be removed and a new entrance to the west face of the building will be created.
A new-build, three storey glazed extension will be added to the rooftop of the building for further residential accommodation, alongside communal roof-top garden, and winter terrace, creating a social hub for residents. Landscaped public areas with seating and planters will be installed at the west side of the building also.
Nathan Priestley, Chief Executive Officer of the Priestley Group, said: “As a Leeds-based business, it’s a privilege to be able to transform one of the city centre’s most ornate historical landmarks and bring it back into use as beautiful new homes and high-specification workspaces.
“Our strong reputation speaks for itself when breathing new life into heritage buildings and we can’t wait to make these ambitious plans a reality.”
Priestley Homes partnered with UK-wide specialist lender, Together, which provided a multi-million-pound facility to help purchase the site.
Priestley Homes’ main contractor, Priestley Construction, has commenced the initial strip-out of the building, with the aim to complete in Q1 2023.