Tailors Corner

The re-introduction of the traditional shop fronts of this retrofit scheme brings life and interaction back to the streetscape.

Project Address

25 Wellington Street, LS1






32,000 sqft



Located in the Leeds City Centre Conservation Area, Tailors Corner underwent a complete refurbishment of the façade and interiors with the addition of two-storey extension and roof terraces. The building has seen a number of detracting additions to its façade since being built in 1881; where it was originally designed as a warehouse followed by retail for Hepworth’s clothing.


In keeping with the local style, the shop fronts at ground floor will include painted fascia, transom light and painted timber frames. Within one of the window bays a door has been included, that leads to a new platform lift to allow disabled access to all floors. This access creates a fully accessible building; allowing all building users to benefit from the new sixth floor roof terrace.

Internally, minor layout changes were made to provide a larger reception area and more flexible use of the duplex units at ground and basement floors. This flexibility ensures the building maintains its value over the years. The 1930’s art deco theme has continued internally via a custom-made reception desk and lift signage, reminiscent of the building’s previous designs.

A new sixth floor is added and set back providing a private terrace that wraps around the new floor, it's finished with a standing seam patinated copper finish cladding with an elegant geometrical pattern. The design concludes with a new communal roof terrace above the sixth floor with feature planting and seating areas. This new green space hopes to encourage more biodiversity in the city and create a calm space above the city with prime views of the Leeds skyline.

Externally the stone and brick has been cleaned and repaired, and the existing windows substituted for aluminium double glazed windows with additional fenestration to compliment the original warehouse use.

The terraces are proposed to have bespoke planters at different heights with integrated seating and some green roof portion, making the space feel like a garden.

Shortlisted for Fit-Out/ Refurb of the Year at Insider Yorkshire Property Awards.

Finalist and then highly commended at the AJ Retrofit Awards in the Workspace category.

Finalist for BCO North Awards in the Refurbished & Recycled Workplace category.

Location plan

Ground floor plan

Second floor plan

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