£5m refurb for prime city centre office

The comprehensive £5 million refurbishment of an iconic central Leeds building, which was originally the home of Hepworth Tailors – the forerunners of next, will be completed in July.

Wellington Park House, now renamed Tailors Corner, was bought for an undisclosed sum by award-winning property developers Boultbee Brooks three years ago and has been transformed into flexible Grade A office space.

Eamon Fox, partner with global property consultancy Knight Frank in Leeds, who are marketing the scheme said: “Set over seven floors and offering over 25,000 sq ft of design-led Grade A workspace, this iconic building is steeped in history — formerly a fabric and garment warehouse with a state-of-the-art retail space at street level, it’s always been a site for trailblazers and forward-thinkers.

“Fast forward to 2021 and we have invigorated this building with life, energy and verve.”

He explained that the building has been designed “around real people” taking into consideration the way they work and what they do in between.

With lockdown easing and a return to offices expected in coming months Fox adds that “there is a tremendous interest in this building” already.

Alongside the office space the development features bike storage and shower facilities alongside a communal roof terrace, with feature planting.

Fo added: “Set in the hubbub of the city just moments from Leeds station and the new Channel 4 HQ, and with the Cycle Superhighway literally on the doorstep, Tailors Corner is designed as an inspiring modern space where businesses thrive within a community of like-minded people.”

The renovation of Tailors Corner was led by the same architectural team gpad and Hollis and Hoare Lea LLP, that have led many of Boultbee Brooks’ past developments, including the multi award-winning Concordia Works in Leeds.