A Faithful Transformation
Sympathetically renovated by multi-award winning architects, great care has been taken to retain many of the original features such as the stained glass entrance and staircase glazing; the encaustic floor tiles to the entrance hall which also features some of the original plaster work; the superb sweeping staircase with its beautifully carved oak bannister and newel post; 10” (25 cm) skirting boards replaced and reused wherever possible; 7” (18cm) wide architraves within the apartments and four panelled doors with moulding throughout with beehive door handles; the magnificent large bay windows and high ceilings at ground floor level.
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The renovation and refurbishment of a building of this vintage requires a careful balance between successfully retaining the spirit and detail of the original design whilst creating sensitive modern insertions to complement the original, making a stronger whole.
The building’s structure has been stripped back to enable new heating and ventilation systems to be carefully integrated, whilst new acoustic ceiling and floor construction ensure the building complies with the latest standards and Building Regulations.
Externally the original stonework has been carefully renovated, the double-height feature bay window to the western façade completely rebuilt and high-quality Heritage range UPVC windows fitted throughout the apartments. Existing slates have been reused as part of the re-roofing of the building, and the roof space benefits from high levels of insulation.
Such modern insertions to Cotton Works emphasise the character of the original building, whilst providing a contemporary backdrop to modern day living. In fact, the refurbishment of this 200-year-old building showcases both the craftsmanship of the past and its skilful interpretation by the craftsmen of today, introducing details which are modern, yet respectful to its remarkable architecture.
Luxury living at its best
Internally, the choice of high-end fixtures, fittings and décor is also wholly complementary to the history of the building.
Wall panelling in the communal hallways is finished in Farrow and Ball Downpipe and Shaded White. A herringbone carpet, so typical of the Victorian period, has been fitted to the staircase.
An impressively large, light and airy living room/kitchen/dining area is the focal point within each apartment.
In fact, all the accommodation is of generous proportions, whether one or two bedrooms.
The high ceilings of the three ground floor apartments draw focus to the elegance and spaciousness of the Victorian era. They are further enhanced by large bay windows, fitted with contemporary blinds to allow privacy and maximum daylight.
The stylish and functional kitchens, which are fitted to two walls of the main living area, are British made by Callerton. With work tops in quartz, inset Franke sinks and the matt lacquered doors come in a choice of fjord blue or navy blue, matched with antique oak doors, reflecting the heritage of the property.
Burton Lea Apartments 1-6 , 19 Burton Crescent, Far Headingley, Leeds, LS6 4DN
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