An historic building in Leeds has been earmarked for restoration and conversion based on survey data collected by Met Consultancy Group. In late 2016, Met completed topographical and measured building surveys to York Road Library building, located on a main route into Leeds in Richmond Hill. The survey reports informed architectural designs, following which plans to convert the landmark listed building into a gym and fitness centre have been submitted by property developer, Rushbond.
Currently in a state of disrepair, proposals involve a building refurbishment, along with a new extension to provide 16,000 sq ft of studio space, weight rooms and a full suite of fitness equipment across two levels. It is hoped approvals for the building, which served the local community as a library and swimming pool for many years will be secured in spring, enabling construction work to start later in the year.
The building’s iconic features such as the turret and clock, and a wonderful ‘Leeds owl’ mosaic, will be restored, celebrating the character of this distinctive building. Once open, the new facility would be operated by leading UK gym operator, The Gym Group.
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