Vastint reveals plans to safeguard The Tetley for another 100 years

Vastint UK, the developer behind Aire Park, the 24-acre mixed-use district on the Tetley’s brewery site in Hunslet, has revealed the first images and details of its plans for the iconic Tetley building as it looks to safeguard the landmark for another century.

The developer’s proposals for the 92-year-old building, which hosted The Tetley art gallery for the past decade until its closure, include the retention of the art deco façade and opening up the basement and ground floor for new food, drink and event spaces alongside 1,212 m2 (over 13,000 sq ft) of office space.

The new images and plans which are being shown for the first time today (27 November 2023) at a public engagement event taking place at The Tetley (4-7pm) and are available online at airepark.co.uk, also reveal roof terraces, a new cellar bar and restaurant, and the retention of many historic features, including the war memorial and Tetley Boardroom.

The fully revitalised Tetley Building, which Vastint UK acquired from Carlsberg in 2022, will be the crown jewel and focal point for the Aire Park district, which includes a new 3.5-hectare city centre green park, up to 1400 news homes and 85,000m2 of office space.

Vastint UK is welcoming comments from the public until late December with a planning application expected early in 2024. The proposed plans include:

  • The basement level being transformed into a bar and restaurant area and opened up to the public for the first time in the building’s history
  • The ground floor to feature a new food hall as well as new amenities including Changing Places facilities
  • The first-floor plans show an event space and business lounge
  • Office space will appear on the second and third floors of the building
  • An extension will be added to the eastern façade of the building, which has traditionally always been connected to other buildings within the brewery complex

The building will also be designed to be highly efficient and bring the Tetley Building up to modern sustainability standards.

Simon Schofield, Head of Development North at Vastint UK, said:

“The Tetley is an iconic building within Leeds and we’re excited to finally reveal our plans for its future. As custodians of this important piece of the city’s history, we have been working hard with our architects Supervene and Enjoy Design, Leeds City Council and others to look not just at how we preserve this beautiful building but continue its evolution and ensure it remains at the heart of both Aire Park and Leeds’ South Bank for another 100 years.

“Our plans aim to create a variety of spaces within the building including public amenities such as a Changing Places facility, food and drink opportunities and event spaces, whilst continuing the building’s history of being a place of business, with new office space.

“Everyone is excited to work on this project not only because of what it brings to Aire Park, but also because of the important role this building has and will continue to play in the story of Leeds. We’d like to think that Joshua Tetley would be impressed by what has become of the site he purchased for £402 in 1822.”

Michael Westlake, director at Supervene Architects added:

“To be given the chance to work on a building which holds such an important place within a city’s cultural history and be able to shape its next chapter is exciting. We believe these plans will not only breathe new life into the building and open aspects which have never been open to the public before but will also ensure the building can continue to act as a beacon to attract both locals and visitors to the area and the wider Aire Park.”

To find out more information about Vastint UK’s plans for The Tetley and to have your say on the current proposals visit www.airepark.co.uk or contact the team directly via email to planningnorthern@stantec.com or freepost to: Freepost Vastint UK. The deadline for comments is Friday 22 December 2023.

Vastint UK will officially submit its proposals to Leeds City Council in the new year ahead of starting work later in the year with the ambition of the building reopening to the public in 2026.

 

This post is based on a press release issued on behalf of Vastint UK

Image: CGI showing the proposed extension to The Tetley building in Aire Park

 

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