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Only part completed residential site in Leeds to be brought back to market
Leeds, 5 April 2013 – A former nineteenth century flax mill in Leeds is once again alive with people following a substantial refurbishment programme by its new owners Blackbrook Valley Limited.
East Street Mills, situated between the northern side of East Street, at the eastern gateway to Leeds city centre, is a Grade II listed building which has been successfully converted into a mixed-use scheme providing high quality residential apartments above lower level commercial units.
The development offers a total of 136 units, consisting of studios, one and two bedroom apartments, spread across four blocks. Each has been named to reflect the industrial heritage of the site: Worsted House, Weavers House, Shearers House and the newly constructed, The Loom House which is separate from the original mill building but complementary to it. Several apartments have balconies overlooking the central courtyard, which has been beautifully landscaped, in keeping with the style and feel of the area.
According to agents Jones Lang LaSalle appointed to market and manage the property, interest in the residential scheme has been extremely strong with 80 units now let to tenants.
Guy Ackernley from Jones Lang LaSalle’s Residential team in Leeds, said: “Essentially the refurbishment works began a few years ago by the previous owners to convert the former mill and construct the new build residential element. However the scheme was never finished due to the economic down turn.
“We successfully sold the part completed opportunity to Blackbrook Valley who, recognised the redevelopment opportunity and following extensive refurbishment, have brought it back on to the market.”
Jones Lang LaSalle’s office agency team is also marketing the commercial element of East Street Mills situated on part ground and two upper floor. The accommodation which comprises nearly 6,000 sq ft is currently un-furbished and will require a programme of works prior to occupation.
Tom Brammeld from Jones Lang LaSalle’s Office Agency team, added: “The commercial accommodation is characterful and a refurbishment can be tailored to suite a specific occupiers requirements. Original internal features include exposed brickwork and timber roof beams and would be suitable for a variety of uses, including offices, workshop or retail or leisure subject to planning consent.”
East Street Mills was first laid out from 1822-26 and was originally occupied by Moses Atkinson, flax spinner and canvas manufacturer which was an unusual departure for a town so central to Yorkshire’s more familiar wool industry.
By 1861, although still in the textile industry, the cloth they made had changed to wool, under the auspices of Joseph and Thomas Brayshaw. This continued until the 1920s, when the site was given over to an early multi-business industrial estate, with activities ranging from clothing manufacture to printing. The architectural merit of East Street Mills was recognized with Grade II listed building status, which it holds to this day.
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