The new development repurposes the Leonardo Printworks, the Leonardo building and Thoresby House in the Civic Quarter of Leeds City Centre, as well as new accommodation on the former car park site. The buildings had been variously used as schools, printworks, a teaching college and most recently the Council offices.
The new student accommodation will be within 5-10 minutes walk of The University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett and Leeds Teaching Hospital. It will provide a premium live-study lifestyle in an area of high demand from students.
McLaren Property, architects Cartwright Pickard and heritage consultant ID Planning worked closely with Leeds City Council to revisit previous commercial proposals for the site and to improve the retention of historic features. Leonardo Printworks and Thorseby House are Grade II listed Victorian buildings.
Re-purposing of the listed elements as well re-use of the modern building structure substantially reduces the embodied carbon of the new development. Operational carbon emissions are minimised through connection to the city council’s low-carbon district heating system, as well as through a thermally efficient fabric and the use of rooftop photovoltaic panels.
Construction is due to start in August 2021 and to complete by August 2023 in time for the 2023/2024 academic year.
Leeds City Council’s Director of City Development
McLaren Property’s Regional Managing Director