Plans revealed to safeguard city landmark for another century
Vastint UK, the developer behind Aire Park, a 24-acre mixed-use district on Leeds’ South Bank, has revealed the first images and details of its plans for the Tetley building.
Its proposals for the 92-year-old building include retention of the art deco façade and opening up the basement and ground floor for new food, drink and event spaces alongside over 13,000 sq ft of office space.
The latest images and plans also reveal roof terraces, a new cellar bar and restaurant, and the retention of many historic features, including the war memorial and Tetley Boardroom.
The fully revitalised Tetley Building, which Vastint UK acquired from Carlsberg in 2022, will be the focal point for the Aire Park district, which includes a new 3.5-hectare city centre green park, up to 1,400 homes and more than 900,000 sq ft of office space.
Vastint UK is welcoming comments from the public until late December with a planning application expected early in 2024.
Simon Schofield, head of development North at Vastint UK, said: “The Tetley is an iconic building within Leeds and we’re excited to finally reveal our plans for its future.
“As custodians of this important piece of the city’s history, we have been working hard with our architects Supervene and Enjoy Design, Leeds City Council and others to look not just at how we preserve this beautiful building but continue its evolution and ensure it remains at the heart of both Aire Park and Leeds’ South Bank for another 100 years.
“Our plans aim to create a variety of spaces within the building including public amenities such as a Changing Places facility, food and drink opportunities and event spaces, whilst continuing the building’s history of being a place of business, with new office space.
“Everyone is excited to work on this project not only because of what it brings to Aire Park, but also because of the important role this building has and will continue to play in the story of Leeds.
“We’d like to think that Joshua Tetley would be impressed by what has become of the site he purchased for £402 in 1822.”
Michael Westlake, director at Supervene Architects, added: “To be given the chance to work on a building which holds such an important place within a city’s cultural history and be able to shape its next chapter is exciting.
“We believe these plans will not only breathe new life into the building and open aspects which have never been open to the public before but will also ensure the building can continue to act as a beacon to attract both locals and visitors to the area and the wider Aire Park.”
Vastint UK will officially submit its proposals to Leeds City Council in the new year ahead of starting work later in the year with the ambition of the building reopening to the public in 2026.
People can learn more about the plans and have their say at www.airepark.co.uk or they can contact the team directly by e-mailing email@example.com The deadline for comments is 22 December 2023.