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74 create soft and bright amenities space at former Yorkshire Post offices

74 has announced the completion of the amenity spaces at The Headline Leeds, drawing inspiration from the site’s history as the Yorkshire Post Offices.

11/11/2021 3 min read

The new build-to-rent residential development from Grainger plc is located on the former site of the Yorkshire Post offices and printing works, forming part of the city’s new Wellington Place urban quarter.

The new-build, 18-storey building features a stepped design from the 13th to the 17th floor, with parking at below-ground level, and extensive frontage looking directly out over the River Aire. The 242-home scheme has been designed by architects The Harris Partnership, with 74 completing the design of the 595 sq m ground floor residents’ amenity space – where social areas are combined with a reception area, residents lounge, co-working space, a fitness-on-demand wellness studio and a gym – as well as a 155 sq m ‘Sky Lounge’ on the building’s 11th floor, with private dining room and additional external terrace space.

‘We were looking to create a stand-out design for the amenity spaces that would be notably different from the harder-edged, more corporate feel of the interiors of many of the surrounding buildings,’ Bianca Yousef, Associate at 74 comments. ‘The idea for The Headline was for a soft, elegant and sophisticated series of spaces where residents could work, rest and play, with ideas and inspiration for the design concept taken from the site’s former life as the headquarters of the Yorkshire Post newspaper.’

The design treatment for the two amenity spaces was aimed at enabling residents to relax immediately on entering the building and to feel at home – light and soft blues and greens for the ground floor and the addition of a strong orange rust colour in the Sky Lounge combine to create a striking and fresh palette, with refined and minimal contemporary detailing throughout, as well as strong statement furniture and dramatic feature lighting.

74 have brought the outside in via greenery and natural materials to prioritise resident wellbeing. A feeling of quality is provided by the scheme’s materials, which include solid surface finishes, such as beautiful porcelain floor tiles and natural light oak. Brass is used throughout in the scheme’s furniture, lighting and design detailing, with the gold finishes to the scheme’s metalwork creating a welcoming sense of warmth. Fit-out contractor Gariff Construction Ltd, who have previously worked with Grainger, created the scheme’s stand-out bespoke joinery.

The site’s newspaper heritage influence can be seen in the choices of set dressing – from typewriters and a series of eight wall clocks showing the time in major cities throughout the world – through to the influence of printing production rails, whose echo can be seen in the dramatic, curved framework rails 74 designed around the booth and sofa seating in the centre of the ground floor space.

The spaces also feature eight stunning artworks commissioned from artist Michael Murray. The artist liaised with both Grainger and 74 on the artwork brief, so that the final works feature objects relating to the site’s Yorkshire Post heritage, whilst also reflecting the scheme’s colour palette and incorporating subtle typographic and shaping references to The Headline’s identity, Grainger’s history and the Yorkshire Post newspaper

Furniture throughout, where not bespoke, was sourced by Workform, with the scheme’s planting created by Urban Planters. Flooring is a continuous porcelain tiling – in either a straight or diagonal pattern, depending on the area – with Amtico basketweave flooring used to denote co-working areas, with brass strip edging. Rugs by Ege in Dust Green from the Soft Dreams Lux range feature in the rear lounge area to create a softer note.

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