Planners to decide on specialist hospital plans for ex RFL headquarters

Detailed plans have been lodged with Leeds City Council to create a private hospital in one of the district’s most historic buildings.

Dr Fas Arshad, facial plastic surgeon and the lead surgeon at The Hair Dr – Hair Transplant Clinic, has drawn up proposals to turn the 17th century Red Hall House estate near Roundhay Park into a private multi-disciplinary hospital.

The £5m Red Hall Private Hospital will specialise in cosmetic and non-cosmetic surgeries and will create 40 permanent jobs.

A Phase One planning application has just been approved by the city council, which features the full refurbishment of the listed building and the creation of three operating rooms to support the transition of Dr Arshad’s operation from its current surgical facility.

The more detailed Phase Two application, which is scheduled to be discussed by planners this spring, offers a full Day Case surgery facility, a full operating theatre with associated support spaces, four examination/consulting rooms and two additional treatment rooms.

The bulk of the new clinical space will be housed in a 6,500 sq ft annexe, allowing for the latest sustainable and medical technology to be integrated seamlessly.

Jonathan Erkulis, director of E3 Architecture, said: “Our proposals commit to the future restoration, sustainability and longevity of this important Grade II listed building while creating sensitive and high-quality designed additions to create a prestigious state-of the-art medical facility.”

Arshad and his wife and business partner Ms Sommiya bought Red Hall House from the Rugby Football League last year for over £1.65m.

Arshad explained: “The Hair Dr Clinic is expanding quickly and we have outgrown our current premises.

“The majestic Grade II Red Hall is absolutely perfect and it is humbling to be moving into such a magnificent building with such an illustrious history.”

Sommiya added: “The main focus of our work at Red Hall will be offer up-to-date and state-of-the-art treatments, which include surgical and non-surgical treatment.

“Our approach is holistic, ensuring that everyone who comes here for surgery will also receive the very best psychological and emotional support.”

The couple plan to expand the repertoire of surgeries that will be offered at Red Hall Private Hospital.

Additional services will include other cosmetic procedures such as facial plastic surgeries as well as non-cosmetic day case surgeries such as Cataracts and Arthroscopies.

Jonathan Hyland, partner at global property consultancy Knight Frank in Leeds, who sold Red Hall House, said: “There was a good deal of interest in this iconic building, but we believe the eventual purchaser, Dr Arshad, is best placed to breathe fresh life into Red Hall.

“His plans to transform the building into a pioneering private hospital are tremendously exciting and we wish him the very best of luck.”