Plans for former Leeds School Board building

An imposing Victorian building in Leeds city centre could be refurbished inside.

The former Leeds School Board building in the city centre.

Gatsby INV 1 Limited wants to alter office space on the ground, first and second floors at the former Leeds School Board building at the corner of Calverley Street and Great George Street opposite Leeds Town Hall.

George Corson designed the now Grade II* listed building in 1876 and worked on several other impressive sites in the city.

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Planning documents also state that the building would still be used for offices after the work but that they would be modernised and upgraded from the “now dated” 1990s interior.

The building was created between 1879 and 1881 to a design by architect George Corson as the offices for the Leeds School Board, which was first elected by the city’s ratepayers in 1870 and went on to build enough schools to ensure for the first time that every child in Leeds got an elementary education.

During the 1990s the building was substantially altered and refurbished as offices, and renamed Civic Court.