Former library to be turned into new gym

Rushbond submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council to transform the listed York Road Library in Richmond Hill, Leeds, into a gym.
Rushbond submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council to transform the listed York Road Library in Richmond Hill, Leeds, into a gym.
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Developers have unveiled plans to restore a prominent building on the edge of a city centre.

Rushbond submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council for the transformation of the listed York Road Library in Richmond Hill to create a gym and fitness centre.

Proposals would see the building restored to form the centrepiece of the project alongside a new extension.

The development would provide 16,000 sq ft of studio space, weight rooms and fitness equipment across two levels for operator The Gym Group.

Mark Finch, director at Rushbond, said: “This is such a wonderful building, engrained in the hearts of the community having been the local library and swimming baths for so many years.”

He added: “The building’s iconic features such as the turret and clock, and a wonderful ‘Leeds owl’ mosaic, will be restored as part of celebrating the character of this distinctive building.”