Re-development of historical and iconic buildings to be discussed at Property Professionals Lunch

Two leading names in the property sector are to talk about the transformation  of historical and iconic buildings across the Leeds City Region.

Mark Finch, Director of Real Estate at Rushbond, and Lisa Mcfarlane, a director of Harrogate-based Seven Architecture, will take to the stage at Bibis in Leeds on Thursday January 24.

Lisa Mcfarlane

The duo will talk about their love of transforming historical buildings into new characterful spaces in which to live and work.  They are advocates for the importance of ’re-purposing’  heritage buildings to ensure they have a sustainable future.

At’s Property Professionals Lunch, sponsored by Bevan Brittan, they will also highlight some of the challenges involved with such projects, the opportunities and trends, and how innovation can be brought into the process of ensuring historic buildings are fit for a future purpose.

Finch and Mcfarlane have worked together on several projects but also independently have a wealth of experience in the field. Their shared passion is in using heritage and architecture to articulate the ‘stories’ of our cities, to tell the tales of the past and to encourage both young and old to appreciate the social and cultural history that underlies the bricks and mortar of our legacy assets. They will talk about their past projects, as well as those live at the moment and also what the pipeline holds.

Finch works for Leeds-based real estate development and investment company Rushbond, which has a 30-plus year track record of delivering award-winning transformative commercial, residential, leisure and cultural projects throughout the Leeds City Region.

Rushbond is currently leading on an array of major investments within the City Region. This includes the Majestic office development on Leeds’ City

Mark Finch

Square, the revival of the First White Cloth Hall building on Kirkgate, a series of urban and sub-urban housing projects and the transformation of Bretton Hall in Wakefield into a hotel and creative campus.

Finch is a Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor, with degrees from Newcastle and Heriot Watt Universities. In his previous roles, he was a Director at Deloitte LLP, Head of Planning (Leeds) at Drivers Jonas and Director of Planning at Thornfield Properties, with previous consultancy and local authority roles.

Mcfarlane, a Conservation Architect and a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, is focused on ensuring sensitive historical buildings can be enjoyed for future generations.

Her skills are valued throughout the profession and she is a regular judge for the RICS Awards, Civic Trust Awards and for RIBA Regional Awards. She also sits on the RIBA Conservation Register Steering Group and is a RIBA Core CPD 2019 provider on ‘Plan of Work through the Conservation Lens’.

Seven and Rushbond have worked together on various refurbishment and renovation schemes across the region including the current Grade II* listed Bretton Hall project in Wakefield and the Grade II listed 1930’s Algernon Firth building in Leeds.

The discussion will cover the importance of working collectively and collaboratively on finding solutions for historic assets, how to sensitively integrate contemporary and modern demands for space with building conservation and touching on some examples of how buildings can be adapted to meet the changing social and cultural needs of society yet respecting the social and cultural dimension of yesteryear.

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