Former Victorian school in Leeds city centre to receive £31m renovation to create apartments and shops

The site of a former Victorian school in Leeds is to be transformed into a £31m development comprising apartments and commercial units.

2 Great George Street is to be developed into a mixed-use space, including 83 new apartments and commercial units.

Leeds-based developer, Priestley Homes, has been granted planning permission to carry out the work to renovate the Grade-II listed, former Victorian school into 34 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments.

Sign up to our Business newsletter

Sign up to our Business newsletter

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 view of how the site will appear.

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 all residents. Landscaped public areas with seating and planters will be installed at the west side of the building also.

New ground-floor office accommodation will sub-divided into several units, providing 815m2 in high-quality workspaces for Leeds businesses.

The £31million regeneration and new-build scheme will be a premier development in Leeds and the first to bring £1million-plus penthouses to the market.

The development will also feature a private, on-site residents’ gym at ground-floor level, plus concierge facilities.

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.