Leeds: Office Space Proposal for Ex-Print Works
The office space market in Leeds could be given a boost if plans to convert the landmark Alf Cooke Print Works building are given the go-ahead this week, a move which would see the creation of multiple office space units located on the fringe of Leeds City Centre.
An historic Grade II listed building, which dates back to the 1880ΓÇÖs, lay vacant until it was acquired by the property development firm Rushbond in May 2010 and places around 200,000 sq. ft. of space at the developers disposal.
Having been a significant employer during its time as a functioning Print Works, the redevelopment of the site as office space would bring the site back into use and hopefully generate a new wave of employment opportunities within Leeds City Centre.
With the development pipeline for new office space developments stagnant in the wake of the recession, the arrival of a new, high quality office space scheme in Leeds City Centre could do much to entice businesses to the city.
“Rushbond Group is pleased to be among the first developers in the region to become active after the recession and we very much hope that Leeds City planners will support our plans for Alf Cooke Printworks.” explained Mike Hartley of Rushbond to TheBusinessDesk.com.
A proposal detailing the buildings conversion to office space, along with the benefits and connection the building benefits from in the local area, will be presented to local councillors stating:
“Alf Cookes Printworks is a very important building in terms of local identity, distinctiveness and legibility. It is one of Leeds best known buildings of the past, and this scheme would enable public access and appreciation alongside new buildings and public realm.
“It is therefore considered that the proposed new buildings and public realm would enhance and complement the setting of the listed building and the surrounding area.”
If the building does receive a new lease of life as office space, Rushmore should be sure to install fire alarms ΓÇô given that the premises burned down twice (1880 & 1894) during its time as a Prints Works!