Over £1m is being spent upgrading one of Leeds city centre’s most revered properties, St Albions. The stunning 31,400 sq ft Victorian former Church of England Institute on the corner of Albion Place and Lands Lane was purchased by Manchester-based property company Glenbrook Investments in September last year. Now the company is extensively upgrading the offices above ground level and basement.
Commenting on the refurbishment, Glenbrook Investment’s Director Scott Griffiths said: “Our contractors started on site this week and we are excited to see all the hard work in planning and designing the changes to the interior now being realised. The retail tenants on the ground floor, Pizza Express, Byron Burger and Card Factory will remain as they are, but the office reception area, basement, all communal areas and vacant offices are to be completely refurbished and upgraded. We wanted to reveal the features of the building and create a boutique style that is sympathetic to the architecture and history. I am pleased to say our talented interior designers have created something very special.”
Clem McDowell, Office Agency Director at Carter Towler added: “We are thrilled to have been appointed by Glenbrook to market these fantastic Grade A+ offices. The interior designs are exceptional – the colours and textures, the quality of the materials and the feature lighting is more in keeping with a high-end boutique hotel, but it’s absolutely what this property deserves.
“St Albions has everything a discerning business could want, it’s a unique part-Grade II listed property with beautiful Gothic revival architecture, in a prestigious heart of the city location, with a plethora of amenities on the doorstep, great transport connections and the highest quality on-trend interiors.
“From the tip of its elegant spire to the events and exercise space in the basement, St Albions will be one of the classiest office offerings in the city.”
Scheduled for completion this Autumn, two office suites are available ranging from 4,000 to 8,300 sq ft. Carter Towler and Lambert Smith Hampton are joint agents marketing St Albions.
One of the largest independent property consultants in the North, Carter Towler employs 55 people in total and is acknowledged as one of the most commercially active. In the past 12 months the company has been involved in over 400 industrial, commercial, investment, property management and building services deals and currently manages over 4,500 properties for its clients nationwide.