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Trio of listed buildings in Leeds set for major redevelopment

Three listed buildings in Leeds are set for redevelopment after being sold by the city council.

The grade II-listed Leonardo, Thoresby and Great George Street buildings were sold to London-based Idé Real Estate, which has revealed plans to fully redevelop them.

All three buildings sit near the University of Leeds and Leeds Becket University, within the city’s planned innovation district.

The Leonardo and Thoresby buildings, a former printing works and teachers’ college respectively, date back to 1900 and will be refurbished to provide 53,000 sq ft of office space.

The Great George Street Building, which dates to around 1890, will be overhauled to provide a 340-room hotel, with 140 rooms within the existing building and up to 200 more in a planned new extension, which will be built on the site of its current car park.

Leeds City Council is currently using the three buildings as part of its own office complex, but all staff are due to be relocated to the council’s new Merrion House office.

Refurbishment and redevelopment of the Leonardo, Thoresby and Great George Street buildings is expected to start towards the end of 2018 once the scheme has been through the planning process.

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “We are delighted to announce Idé as the preferred purchaser for the site. The plans they have brought forward perfectly matched the aspirations of the city and the requirements of a gateway site to the innovation district.

“These buildings occupy key city centre sites and it’s vital that they are developed in a strategic way, to continue to stimulate the city’s economy and enhance services for the people of Leeds.”

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