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Over its 30 years, our focus has been on creating highly distinctive places, whether through developing new contemporary buildings, by restoring important heritage assets or establishing new public squares and spaces. Through this time, many of our projects can be said to have been pioneering – creating long-lasting sustainable value through working with local communities to revitalise places, through carefully curated investment plans and innovative development ideas. As we celebrate our 30th year in business, this booklet provides a visual overview of our work spanning across this period, through our early work in the conversion of interesting period property, through the construction of new buildings, the creation of office and business parks, and on towards the fulfilment of major regeneration projects, all of which have helped transform the areas they are situated within – establishing quality homes, providing great civic and cultural facilities, and creating vibrant workspaces and commercial premises. Not everything we have ever worked on is represented here - though we hope the collection provides an interesting snapshot of the projects created over these three decades. We are privileged to have been able to work with so many wonderful people in the fantastic communities that exist within our great Region – and we look towards more exciting new ventures that continue the legacy of creating distinctive places and spaces.


Future Majestic Building Leeds


Built in the 1920s as one of a new breed of super-cinemas, the Majestic is a well-known building, prominently positioned on City Square. A huge investment is planned to transform this much loved Leeds icon into state-of-the-art office space, offering distinctive high quality workspace in a super-prime location.


Future Bretton Hall Wakefield


Within the world-class environment of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Bretton Hall Estate includes one of the County’s finest historic homes – the Grade II* listed Bretton Hall – which is being pain-staking converted to offer a unique hotel, conferencing and education centre at one of the UK’s leading cultural and creative destinations.


2010s St Leonard’s Place York


Built in the 1830s, this Regency crescent was developed by the City of York to provide the style and luxury of properties being built in the City of London in that era. Converted and used as offices through the 20th century, it was the offices of the City of York until 2015 and has been converted into a distinctive collection of townhouses and apartments, alongside the re-creation of a street offering new mews homes as part of the comprehensive development of 40 new exemplar homes.


2010s River House York


Built in 1868 for The Yorkshire Club, River House occupies a dominant position overlooking the River Ouse in York – the Club having relocated to these purpose built premises from just round the corner on St Leonard’s Place, also featured in this book. The Grade II listed River House incorporates a split level Pizza Express restaurant and the York office of the global real estate services provider, Savills.


2010s New York House Leeds


Occupying a prominent location on the apex of New York Street and Harper Street, to the west of Leeds’ majestic Kirkgate Markets, this late 19th century Grade II listed former cocoa house was acquired in 2016 - offering future scope for change as part of the ongoing renaissance of the Kirkgate quarter of the City.


2010s Greenhill Fold Leeds


A former Grade II listed Victorian junior school forms the centrepiece for this new residential community, converted to provide unique loft-style houses alongside a mix of contemporary designed new homes, regenerating a vacant site and providing much needed local housing. The elevated position of Greenhill Fold offers some tremendous views over the Leeds cityscape.


2010s Corn Exchange Leeds


One of Leeds’ most iconic and recognised buildings, acquired in 2017, the Grade I listed Corn Exchange is one of the very few such buildings that continue to be a vibrant centre for trade, with its variety of retailers, independent businesses and food and drink outlets provided a eclectic mix of activity under the stunning domed roof.


2010s Little Stonegate York


One of York’s charming little streets, Little Stonegate provides a vibrant mix of bars and restaurants. Converted from retail premises and former Council offices, the Turtle Bay restaurant was opened in 2016, contributing to the City’s bustling eating-out scene.


2010s Crispin Lofts Leeds


One of the first purposely-developed build-to-rent schemes in the City of Leeds, the beautiful Grade II listed former clothing and then shoe factory offers 88 stunning apartments together with a bar which supports the loyal Crispin community.


2010s Centenary Square Bradford


Forming the northern edge of the City of Bradford’s majestic Mirror Pool, Centenary Square offers a stunning example of modern architectural design. Along with being the location of Bradford’s Central Library, Centenary Square offers a range of food and drink and gallery spaces, looking out towards Bradford’s wonderful new City Park.


2010s Bootham Green York


This RICS Award winning scheme created 38 uniquely designed homes, from a mix of converted Grade II Victorian school buildings and new modern houses, providing a stunning contrasting blend which fits neatly into an infill site within a dense residential area of York.


2010s Blokhaus Leeds


A landmark building on Leeds’ outer ring road, this modern building has been transformed into the headquarters of one of the UK’s leading digital marketing agencies; an example of how working closely with a user can deliver a great scheme that meets specific needs and requirements.


2010s Belle Vue Mills Skipton


A hugely significant complex in the industrial story of Skipton, Belle Vue Mills was built in the 1830’s as a Cotton Mill, at one stage employing over 800 workers. The comprehensive regeneration of this array of Grade II listed buildings once again is providing important local employment, through the offices of Craven District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and an array of other businesses, as well as offering new homes within a series of new and converted buildings.


2010s Algernon Firth Building Leeds


One of the most remarkable inter-war buildings in Leeds, renowned for its fine brickwork detailing, this Grade II listed building by John Clifford Proctor was restored sensitively and speculatively to provide unique and spacious student accommodation, adjacent to Leeds’ General Infirmary and the City’s higher education district.


2010s Albion Street Leeds


Within the heart of Leeds’ city centre, this prominent corner retail investment provides the regional headquarters of the Royal British Legion, on what is one of the City’s busiest streets.


2000s Waterside Leeds


Home to the UK Border Agency, Waterside House is a shining example of being able to find a new use for a historic building. The The Grade II former mills were converted into a 4,000 sqm office complex, with new contemporary additions and a distinctive lighting scheme complementing the restoration of the historic fabric.


2000s Waterside Court Sheffield


A collection of office and commercial units, within the Don Valley of Sheffield, Waterside Court was developed to offer dis tinctively designed accommodation to appeal to a variety of end-users.


2000s Printworks Campus Leeds City College Leeds


Pioneering the creation of a new education hub in the South Bank of Leeds, the former Alf Cooke Printworks was re-developed to form the new Leeds City College Printworks Campus. Opening in 2013, the Printworks provides specialist vocational teaching within a series of new and restored buildings. The centrepiece Grade II listed late 19th century print hall is a legacy of what was once described as the largest and most complete printing works in the world.


2000s Morwick Hall Leeds


Established within a unique parkland setting, Morwick Hall - built in the 19th century for a former Lord Mayor of Leeds, Edward Gray - was converted to provide new offices alongside the development of a series of modern self-contained buildings as part of a comprehensive plan to re-use this historic site.


2000s Millenium Square Leeds


Facing towards Leeds’ award-winning outdoor public square and live entertainment venue, the Portland Street development created a series of new apartments above a large restaurant on the edge of the City’s Millennium Square. Surrounded by some of Leeds’ finest historic buildings, including the Town Hall and Civic Hall, this new modern building was designed to contrast with these stunning Leeds icons.


2000s Micklegate and Toft Green York


On one of York’s great medieval gateway streets, our Micklegate interests comprise of commercial offices over and above ground floor retailing and food and drink space – with the parallel street of Toft Green providing further office accommodation for a variety of occupiers.


2000s Hawthorn Park Leeds


Hawthorn Park is an office park comprising of individually designed, modern and distinctive new buildings, within a landscaped setting, and providing workspaces and employment in the Seacroft area of Leeds. The office park is home to a variety of businesses including Rushbond’s own offices since its relocation from Tower Court.


2000s Goodbard House Leeds


Within the core of Leeds’ Central Business District, the Grade II listed Goodbard House includes one of the City’s most celebrated bars and restaurants with four floors of office accommodation above, providing highly accessible and convenient space for a range of national and regional businesses.


2000s Elmete Hall Leeds


One of the finest country houses in Leeds, built in the Italianate style, this Grade II listed building was sensitively converted to provide new office space, alongside two new contemporary additions. Elmete Hall was the former home of James Kitson, a prominent engineer and Mayor of Leeds, and benefits from some stunning views over the City.


2000s Echo Central Leeds


The Echo development pioneered the regeneration of a major stretch of land on the eastern approach into Leeds city centre, with a series of distinct yet coordinated residential projects – the sculptural form of the buildings offering an eye-catching view in this strategic gateway location.


A pioneering development which spearheaded the renaissance of Leeds’ Waterfront and the South Bank, the comprehensive masterplan for this stretch of riverside has been delivered through a series of buildings which collate to form a distinct and vibrant community – of homes, workspaces, retailing, leisure together with a hotel, around carefully curated new public spaces through the use of open-air sculpture.


2000s Brewery Wharf Leeds


2000s Becketts Meanwood


A transformation investment into the Leeds suburb of Meanwood, this carefully designed new building has provided a range of stunning modern apartments over a plinth of commercial space, supporting the ongoing regeneration of this vibrant community.


2000s BBC Quarry Hill and Leeds College of Music Leeds


This modern and distinctive building was evolved in partnership with two great institutions – the BBC and the Leeds College of Music – providing both a regional headquarters and a major auditorium, alongside a new contemporary urban garden with its iconic Walter Jack sculpture right in the cultural heart of Leeds.


2000s Airport West Leeds Bradford International Airport


A strategic contemporarily designed office park which was speculatively developed at the entrance to the Leeds Bradford International Airport, and most recently expanded through the development of a new restaurant, supporting a collection of major and significant national and regional businesses.


1990s St John’s York


St John’s is a Grade II* listed building which dates back to the 12th century. The former parish church, which closed in the 1930s, later to become the York Arts Centre, was converted into a bar. A mezzanine floor was carefully inserted as part of a structural solution to support the historic fabric of this prominent mediaeval building.


1990s Tower Court Leeds


A former Board School of the late 19th century, this elaborate Grade II listed brick building on the edge of Armley in Leeds, with its central clock tower, was converted into a range of offices and commercial accommodation.


1990s Sheaf Quay Sheffield


Formerly the offices of William Greaves and Sons, historically one of the most prolific tool and cutlery companies in the City of Sheffield, the Sheaf Quays were restored to form a public house and restaurant for a major national operator and now being used as offices.


1990s Nuffield Hospital Leeds


Developed in the early 2000s by the Nuffield Hospital, this modern 12-storey building occupies a prominent site within Leeds’ inner ring road providing a major new healthcare facility right in the City Centre and also within a short distance from the General Infirmary.


1990s Melbourne House Wakefield


A stunning country house, located just off the M1 motorway on the route into the City of Wakefield, this mid 19th century house was converted to provide a stunning headquarters office, with a contemporary designed new wing offering a distinct contrast to the historic building all set within highly attractive landscaped grounds.


1990s Edgar Allen House Sheffield


Edgar Allen House was developed on the bustling Glossop Road out of the City Centre towards the University of Sheffield. Named after one of the most significant steel makers in the history of the City, the Building is now occupied by the University offering life-long learning and careers services.


1990s Civic Court Leeds


The former Grade II listed Old Leeds School Board Building offered a unique challenge around its conversion into high specification offices. One of a collection of important civic buildings in Leeds, opposite Cuthbert Brodrick’s iconic Town Hall, the sensitive conversion of this late 19th century building provided new commercial floorspace right in the heart of the City.


1990s Centaur House Leeds


A pioneering development in creating ‘loft style’ living from former industrial property, Centaur House has a great location in the City Centre of Leeds, close to various health and educational institutions and the commercial and civic heart of the City.


1990s Bridge End Leeds


One of the first residential conversions delivered as part of the modern-day city centre living renaissance within the City of Leeds, this heritage building was converted to offer a range of highly distinctive new homes, leading the way for a huge wave of investment in residential projects in this part of the City.


1980s Sentinel Towers Leeds


Sentinel Towers was built as two blocks for the University of Leeds, offering 243 en-suite rooms. It was one of the early examples of privately developed bespoke student accommodation and also of the major student residence developments that have taken place on the western edge of Leeds’ city centre now home to a vibrant student community.


1980s Hanover House Leeds


Formerly a pair of mid-19th century villas, first occupied by a major Leeds industrialist, Hanover House is a fine example of Victorian domestic scale architecture, which was sensitively converted to provide new office space.


If you would like to know more about any of these projects, or are interested in talking to us about future investment plans and opportunities, we would be delighted to hear from you. Rushbond plc 5 Hawthorn Park Coal Road Leeds LS14 1PQ 0113 201 8899 info@rushbond.co.uk


Rushbond PLC — 30 Years  
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