The development will include event and office space. Credit: via Aberfield

Plans in for Tetley transformation

Vastint UK has submitted proposals for the redevelopment of the former Leeds brewing headquarters, within its 24-acre mixed-use Aire Park district.

The developer said that its proposals will not only guarantee the future of the 92-year-old building but also increase the building’s accessibility to the public.

Supervene and Enjoy Design are architects on the project. Plans include the retention of the art deco façade and opening up of new areas to the public for the first time.

Under the proposals, the basement, which previously connected the building with the wider brewery site, will be used as a speakeasy lounge/bar, whilst the ground floor features a market hall space and amenities including Changing Places facilities.

The upper floors include areas earmarked for event space and 13,000 sq ft of office accommodation.

Alongside the application, a selection of new images has been shared, revealing a roof terrace and details of the proposed extension to the eastern end of the building.

The application highlights how Vastint UK looks to bring the historic building up to modern sustainability standards, whilst retaining historic aspects, including the Tetley boardroom.

Simon Schofield, head of development North at Vastint UK, said: “The Tetley is an iconic building within Leeds, and we’re privileged to have it as a cornerstone of the Aire Park development.

“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 at how we preserve this beautiful building, ensuring it remains at the heart of the community for another century.”

After brewing ceased at the site, the HQ building was repurposed as an art gallery for 10 years, until it was announced in early October last year that operator Project Space Leeds would depart. Vastint then released its initial thoughts for redeveloping the space again in late November.

Schofield continued: “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, which will be accessible to all. We also want to continue the building’s history of being a place of business, by creating new office space.

“Ultimately this project is unique in its scope, as it not only adds to the wider development but also ensures a major landmark continues to play an active role in the future of Leeds. We’d like to think that Joshua Tetley would be impressed by the ambition we have for the site he purchased for £402 in 1822 and grew to be the largest brewery in the North of England.”

Vastint acquired the building from Carlsberg in 2022 and since then has been working on its plans to make the landmark a focal point for Aire Park, Leeds’ newest mixed-use district, which includes a city centre green park, up to 1,400 news homes and 800,000 sq ft of office space.

The developer recently partnered with Kirkstall Brewery to reopen the building to the public whilst planning approval is sought from the council.

Wesley Dodds, director at Enjoy Design, commented: “The recent partnership between Vastint UK and Kirkstall Brewery has provided a glimpse of what the future holds for The Tetley. The building has evolved constantly over its almost one-hundred-year history and we’re very proud to be a part of the next evolution of Leeds’ beloved Tetley.”

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 really 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.”

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