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Leeds Landmark Refurbishment to Introduce Flexible Space

Leeds Landmark Refurbishment to Introduce Flexible Space

A landmark office property in Leeds, which was one of the world’s largest factories during its heyday, is undergoing a major refurbishment to inject new life into the interior space and break down the larger floor plates of the building, making it more appealing for smaller businesses.

The renovation and fit-out work will take place over three of the six floors and is designed to celebrate the “historic charm” of the Grade II listed Marshall’s Mill, which is located in Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds.

Developed in the late 18th century by industrialist John Marshall, the building was once home to a flax spinning factory which employed a staff force of over 2,000 workers.

Owners Igloo Regeneration is investing in the work with the help of Chetwoods Architects, who have been tasked with creating the designs and plans for the refurbishment, while interior fit-out firm Absolute Contract Interiors will carry out the work.

The infrastructure of the building is under scrutiny alongside the interior space, and among the changes to the historic property are plans to reveal some of the original brickwork and stone floors.

A major part of the renovation work is to break down some of the larger spaces and create smaller offices that will become available on flexible terms, which will open up the building to smaller businesses and potentially appeal to a wider client base.

Speaking to TheBusinessDesk, Paul Simmons, director at Igloo, said:

“We decided that now is the right time to invest because we noticed, particularly in the last couple of years, changes in demand for office accommodation with far less companies, particularly in the new media sector, needing large floor plates of over 10,000 sq ft, leaving parts of the mill empty.

“In reaction to this, we are investing in a refurbishment to turn the large floor spaces into smaller suites which in turn will accommodate the smaller growing companies that thrive in our community, whilst retaining the flexibility to open them out again to accommodate larger companies.”

He added: “Yorkshire is already the fastest-growing digital sector in the UK outside of London… We want to continue to support this sector and these refurbishments are proof of our confidence in this expanding market.”

As part of the second phase planned later this year, a new reception area will be introduced along with improved lighting, and a lawn area which could also be used as a stage for public displays or exhibitions.

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