The Collective, an interior design and cafe-bar concept, is to open at 34 Boar Lane in the centre of Leeds in late autumn.
Kinrise, the owners of 34 Boar Lane, have completed the transformation of the building. The Collective is taking a 1,819 sq ft unit on the ground floor, next to street food specialists Mowgli, who are already trading.
Recruiting is now under way for all positions, with a total of 16 jobs to be created.
A spokesman said: "Kinrise have now fulfilled ambitious plans to create one of the most dynamic mixed-use destinations in Leeds. The 57,000 sq ft building, with 46,000 sq ft of office space over five floors, is located immediately opposite the railway station in the heart of the city’s professional and retail quarters.
The Collective deal was brokered by the Leeds office of global property Knight Frank on behalf of Kinrise.
Ellen Pryce of the Collective explained: “The Collective, with 42 covers, is a space to refuel, unwind and discover. Inspired by the sun-soaked serenity of the L.A art scene, it will offer a feast of eye-candy for the discerning design junkie with its dreamy interiors and laid-backambience. It will provide our guests with an immersive experience that encourages them to quite literally buy into our brand.
“ We have worked hard to source some amazing British companies that produce high-quality hand-crafted furnishings and tableware and it’s exciting that we can allow our to guests to really fall in love with the pieces before they order them for their own home.
“The large majority of everything you see in The Collective will be available to purchase, from the sofas and modern art, to the tables, chairs and even the kitchenware. The food and
drinks will match the curated interiors with an instagram-worthy menu of healthy brunch and lunch options, incredible coffees and classic cocktails.
Movable bookcases at the Collective will allow private meetings as well as spaces for events and workshops.
George Aberdeen, co-founder of Kinrise, explained: “It is very exciting to welcome such an innovative and imaginative company like The Collective to 34 Boar Lane. They are the
perfect fit for our very special building, where we are creating a collaborative environment that offers our occupiers high-quality office floors, small studios or co-working desks all with top technology as well as an exciting range of independent restaurants and events.
“Our aim is to turn iconic but un-loved buildings into creative work and community spaces. It means that the city’s heritage and soul lives on for the future and real cultural capital remains in the centre rather than being pushed further out of cities.”
Eamon Fox, partner and head of department at Knight Frank in Leeds, commented: “We are choosing our occupiers very carefully, as the spirit and ethos of 34 Boar Lane is crucial. The
Collective concept is absolutely brilliant and fits this special building’s aspirational culture perfectly.