Leeds Greenhouse occupancy rate grows

Posted on by John Cronin

A unique, eco-friendly office and residential scheme in Leeds is seeing healthy growth in the occupancy rate after opening late last year.

Greenhouse LeedsThe landmark, multi-award winning Greenhouse scheme in Beeston, Leeds is a mixed-use development of 172 residential apartments and 15,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation.

Within 12 months of completion the speculative office development is now running at an occupancy rate of approximately 70%, reports indicate.

The conversion of a former art-deco hotel by sustainable property developers Citu began in 2004. Constructed using a variety of eco-friendly technologies the Greenhouse office space is claimed to offer reductions in energy consumption of up to 65%, along with a reduced carbon footprint.

The office space is spread over 4 floors within the building and space from a single workstation up to suites of 4,900 sq ft is available to let. Quoted rental prices are in the range £15 / sq ft – £16 / sq ft. The building is multi-let to tenants from a variety of industries such as architecture practices and digital media companies. A conferencing suite is also available to hire.

Despite winning several awards, the scheme which is located in a neglected area of Leeds, has not been without its critics. The development has been called a “gated community” and “..an attractive, rather alien, self-referentially superior, lump of architecture”. In response, Fraser Stride, Director of Citu said: “Greenhouse provides a home and offices for hundreds of people, and as with any commercial or residential development we must offer residents the security that they’d expect from any other building they’d choose to live or work in”.

Architects for the scheme are West and Machell.

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