Mabgate has a number of rich heritage buildings, and is a lively and growing hub for creativity and culture, whether through a new dedicated Art Hostel, the leading workspace for artists at Patricks Studios, independent food and beverage businesses or the award winning work of the charity MAP at Hope Foundry. Alongside this, there are a number of emerging residential or mixed use development opportunities which is increasing footfall in this area, drawing on the area's excellent connectivity.
Mabgate has a diverse range of high quality heritage buildings which provide opportunities for distinctive place-making and regeneration:
Crispin House (Grade II Listed Building) was constructed as a clothing factory between 1914 and 1916, and extended in 1926. Located at the junction of North Street and New York Road, the building forms a significant element of the townscape by virtue of the quality of its design and materials. It plays a key role in views north from Vicar Lane and provides some sense of continuity within the disjointed streetscape around the A64.
Numbers 92, 94 and 96 North Street (Grade II Listed) Designed in the Italianate style, the building forms a significant element within the streetscape and plays a key role in views east from Lovell Park.
Centenary House (Grade II Listed) was built as a public dispensary in 1904, Constructed in brick with stone details above a rusticated ashlar ground floor, the building uses Classical decoration to create well-detailed elevations of considerable contribution to the streetscape of North Street.
The Former Board School (positive unlisted building) on Gower Street was constructed in the later 19th century and is designed in the gothic revival style. Now located within an area extensively redeveloped in the later 20th century, the Board School forms an imposing and interesting element within the area.
It is a well-established location for the creative sectors. East Street Arts’ Patrick Studios provides over 30 studio spaces for Artists and creative businesses, whilst at Hope Foundry, MAP (Music & Arts Production) Charity offers BTEC qualifications in Creative Media and Art & Design, alongside Maths and English, to 11-16 year olds. This is complemented by a diverse range of independent bars and restaurants at the nearby North Street. A number of investments are in the pipeline in this area, including:
Convention House– East Street Arts has commenced work on a new arts and tech hub and will include a mixture of studios, labs, co-production workspace, tech facilities and residency spaces. In collaboration with artist collective Invisible Flock, a long-term programme, Beeta, will be used to explore the relationships between business, engineering, environment, technology and art. This is to include the relocation of Leeds Art Hostel. Following a successful ‘pop up’ in the Lower Kirkgate area, a permanent home for this unique Hostel, with rooms created by Artists, will open at New York Studios, in 2019.
Heeton Holdings– which has started on site to deliver a 204 bed Hampton by Hilton hotel as the first phase of a mixed use scheme, with further phases including over 600 residential units.
Mix of housing - The area has had an influx of planning permissions which show an array of accomodation from high rise studnet flats to refurbished heritage assets for private rented sector housing units.
Work is commencing between businesses, landowners and the Council on a Regeneration Framework for the area, which will set out ambitious plans for public realm. The area benefits from excellent transport links, and further work through Leeds Living and Housing Infrastructure Fund will seek to enhance the liveability of the area. Mabgate will also be integral to our 2023 plans and growth of our creative sectors.
There are a range of opportunities, particularly for start-up or SME creative businesses, whilst there are allocated sites within the Site Allocations Plan, for mixed uses.