A HUDDERSFIELD firm of architects has completed work on a multi-million pound luxury apartment scheme in Leeds.
Above & Beyond has created a modern interior behind the retained facade of a city centre Victorian building – complete with central atrium and curved balconies providing many apartments with outside space and natural light.
The ground floor houses a stylish reception area and impressive boardroom facilities alongside a cosy library while the basement level has a fully-equipped gym.
The scheme at Park Place in the heart of the city’s financial district provides 62 one and two-bedroomed apartments – including modern kitchens and bathrooms and plasma screens.
Park Place is the second development for apartment operator The Chambers and complements the company’s original site, Riverside West in Leeds.
Michael Owens, an architect at Above & Beyond, said: “This long, narrow site was particularly challenging as behind the Victorian exterior was a 1980s office building that we had to convert.
“The result reflects the opulence of the exterior through luxurious fittings, design and specifications.”
In a separate assignment, Above & Beyond, based at the Media Centre, Northumberland Street, was handed the job of designing a £4.5m city centre development in Sheffield.
Above & Beyond was appointed by developer and main contractor Operon Developments S1 as architects for the 17,000sq ft scheme to provide 32 apartments, two shops and a cafe and bar at West Street, Sheffield.
The five-storey development will involve replacing an existing two-storey building with a new steel-clad structure reflecting the city’s industrial heritage.
Work on site is scheduled to start in the middle of this month with completion due in spring, 2009.
Above & Beyond was chosen to design the scheme after completing a refit of Operon’s head office at Bridgewater Place in Leeds.
Rob Falcon, managing director of Operon Construction and Developments, said: “We’re really excited about this new scheme, which will help regenerate part of the city centre.
“The new building will be fitted out to a high standard and have a cosmopolitan feel.”
Martin Booker, associate director at Above & Beyond, said: “Sheffield’s development and regeneration continues apace.
“This project will be a cornerstone of its own small community.”
Among its other projects, Above & Beyond, founded by managing director Andrew Stoddard, has also completed work on transport schemes for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.