Rushbond has achieved practical completion on The Majestic in Leeds, a restoration project that will offer much needed prime office space in the city-centre’s business district.
With construction work starting on the iconic structure back in November 2017, main contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine, has been working over the past 3 years to transform the former 1920s cinema and bingo hall into a ‘Grade A’ commercial development.
The approximately 66,000 sq ft of lettable office space spans over six floors.
The nature of this particular project provided a unique set of construction challenges. Having been wrought by a devastating fire back in 2014, the project team were tasked with the difficult brief of preserving the site’s heritage while simultaneously creating a modern space designed to foster a dynamic working environment.
The team were able to retain the original external façade, all while building in new floors and constructing a new atrium and a new crown roof. The proscenium arch has been placed back in its former location, now acting as the defining feature of the new triple height foyer.
Mark Gibson, Managing Director for Sir Robert McAlpine UK North, said: “As the UK’s fastest growing city, we are delighted to have been able to play a part in accelerating Leeds’s growth trajectory and reaffirming its status as a growing business hub. I think this particular project is a great example of Sir Robert McAlpine’s ability to strike the perfect balance between heritage restoration and new build, in addition to showcasing the ingenuity and problem-solving capabilities of our teams.”
The Majestic is expected to become the new home of Channel 4 and other tenants next year.