Working collaboratively with Leeds City Council we are pleased to confirm that planning permission has been granted for the complete refurbishment and transformation of One Sovereign Quay (formerly known as Windsor House) Situated alongside the River Aire, on a gateway approach road into the Leeds and within the City Centre conservation area, DLG – led by Partner David Bailey – provided full architectural and planning support as well as historic conservation / heritage input through our conservation architect Helen Roach.
The building sits next to and watches over the site where it Louis Aime Augustin Le Prince, inventor of the early motion picture camera, possibly the first person to shoot a moving picture sequence using a single lens camera and a strip of (paper) film here on Leeds Bridge.
The proposals involve the removal of the top two attic style floors and replacement with two new glazed office suites each with terraces and views over the river and south Leeds and beyond. Providing basement car parking, cycle and dedicated shower facilities the building has a central core which will give access to new WCs as well as glazed entrances into 5 Grade A office suites.
A new glazed double height entrance will say to Leeds that this building has been woken up, combined with its proximity to the CBD and train station we anticipate significant interest in this exciting workspace.
Works are due to start on site later this year and complete early 2022, with internal design underway currently by DLG.