Extensive refurb gets under way at landmark hotel

Credit: Franklin Ellis Architects

Contractor Clegg Construction has been appointed to deliver a multi-million pound refurbishment of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, in Leeds.

Work has started on site at the prominent building on the corner of Lower Briggate and Swinegate, which will be operated by Belfont Hotels.

The design and build project will modernise the building and includes the refurbishment of existing bedrooms, as well as creating new bedrooms, to take the total number of guest rooms to 108.

It also involves modernising ground floor function rooms, the restaurant and bar, as well as installation of new windows and renovations to the roof and elevations.

Clegg Construction pre-construction director, Ross Crowcroft, said: “We are very pleased to have started on site to refurbish and modernise one of the most iconic hotels in Leeds city centre.

“This refurbishment of the Cosmopolitan Hotel for Belfont Hotels will upgrade a landmark building in the heart of Leeds and turn it into a leading hospitality venue which will be perfect for both leisure and corporate demand.

“Clegg Construction is extremely familiar with the area around The Cosmopolitan Hotel, as we are currently on site at Spinners Yard in Regent Street delivering a 185-apartment private rented scheme for Rise Homes, plus we are working on an 11-storey student accommodation development in Leylands Road.”

Other members of the development team include project manager Edmond Shipway, architect Franklin Ellis and engineer Rodgers Leask. Work is expected to be completed in the spring of 2025.

Keval Thakerar and Akshay Dhamecha, directors at Belfont Hotels, said: “We are excited to be working with Clegg Construction on this refurbishment that will see the Cosmopolitan Hotel repositioned as one of Leeds city centre’s leading hotels, benefiting the local economy and community.”

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