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Clare Hudson
Clare Hudson
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  • 15th April 2011

Drab Leeds City House building gets a makeover

The iconic but dull 1960’s City House (ex British Railway House) building in Leeds will soon be redeveloped into class A office space by commercial property company, Bruntwood.

Poet John Betjeman once described the building as ‘having no architectural merit. (1) Bruntwood therefore aim to transform the property into a “flagship sustainable building” with an excellent BREEAM rating.

Craig Burrow, head of sales and development at Bruntwood said, “The people of Leeds have forgotten about City House. Somebody had to step in and bring it into the 21st century. It will be our flagship sustainable building and we are pushing the cost plan to ensure we achieve a true grade A product.” (2)

The building comprises 120, 000 sq ft of potential office space and anything from 1 desk to the entire building will be available to rent once complete, offering businesses great flexibility. There will also be a triple-height reception area with mezzanine floor, contemporary entrance foyer and concierge style service. City House is also likely to be cheaper to rent because it’s not a new build. (3)

Burrow also said, “We view this 1960s architectural gem as a blank canvas to create what will be Leeds’ prime city centre location.”

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