Pickard Properties, the leading Leeds-based property development, management, and letting specialist, has completed the construction of The Spool House at the £40m regeneration scheme, Spinning Acres in Far Headingley.
Featuring a mix of 12 one-and-two-bedroom apartments, The Spool House, which has been built by local contractor Dobson Construction, is the fourth phase of Pickard Properties’ ambitious six-acre private rental development.
Constructed from York stone, complementing its mix of new build properties, refurbished apartments and newly renovated historic buildings, The Spool House has achieved a B EPC rating, through a focus on the fabric of the building to achieve a high level of efficiency.
The future-proofed, all-electric building has roof-installed solar panels, while the apartments are fitted with radiators containing a natural stone core, which prolongs the heat created to transfer it efficiently around the property.
In addition, each apartment has a Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery system, which reduces energy consumption and lowers carbon emissions, as well as improves indoor air quality.
Externally, The Spool House also includes 12 car parking spaces, including two electric vehicle chargers and secure cycle storage facilities.
Located in the Far Headingley Conservation and taking its inspiration from the area’s historic links with the textile industry, Spinning Acres has been sympathetically regenerated to create a new community in the Leeds suburb, with the first three phases fully let.
The site was previously part of Leeds University’s estate, when it was known as Tetley Hall until the site was acquired by Pickard Properties.
It has already been recognised for its quality having secured the Best New High Volume Housing Development Award from the Local Authority Building Control and the Best Small Development category in the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards.
Pickard Properties is embarking on the next two phases of Spinning Acres, the stone-built Moor Grange, and Moorfield Lodge, which will provide additional new homes centered around a ‘village green’, which has become a focal point of the emerging community.
Miles Pickard, director of Pickard Properties, said: “The Spool House is part of our vision to create a community location that would appeal to the complete age spectrum of renters. It will be attractive to young professionals or those looking to downsize, who want to live in an area where it may be inaccessible to purchase, close to the city centre, but in a very attractive and sought-after conservation area.”
“Our architects, Halliday Clark, and our construction partner, Dobsons, are both local firms that share our pride in this area and appreciation of the history of Far Headingley and are helping us create what is a fresh approach to property rental.
“Unlike conventional residential developers we let, manage, and maintain our completed properties for the private rental community. We are invested in everything we build; therefore the standards of specification and finishes are high and individual to each apartment.
“This allows us to contribute to turning the market on its head by providing long-term rental options that match the aspirations and lifestyle of the people who wish to live here, which is proving to be successful with homes at Spinning Acres highly sought after.”