Seven are delighted that planning approval has been granted for the refurbishment and development of the iconic Grade I Listed Corn Exchange in Leeds.
The landmark building was designed by the Architect Cuthbert Brodrick and is a fine example of Victorian architecture. The first stone was laid in 1861 with completion in 1863 and is now one of just three Corn Exchanges in the country that still functions as a centre for trade. The building ceased to operate as an agricultural trade hall in the 1980s and has since become an independent retail centre. The building is Grade I Listed and is therefore considered to be of National Historic significance and exceptional historical value.
The scheme has been designed to safeguard the future of the building through sympathetic repairs to improve the original fabric. The refurbishment works will improve access and amenities, add vibrancy and facilitate the re-activation of the currently unused lower ground floor.
To ensure that an understanding of the original use of the building is maintained, the original timber doors will be retained with new signage and decoration works to achieve the desired vibrant internal environment and support the style and nature of the independent outlets housed in the building.
The scheme will also make improvements to ventilation, upgrade security via a new security door system, refurbish washrooms and include an innovative lighting system.
The works are due to start on site in spring 2018.