Joint venture to regenerate Brotherton House in Leeds

Leading Leeds-based development and investment company J. Pullan & Sons has announced a joint venture with high-quality serviced student housing provider the Study Inn Group to regenerate the flagship Brotherton House in the city.

The two companies will seek planning consent for the transformation of this striking heritage asset into student accommodation, together with a sensitively-designed accommodation block on the adjoining car park.

Brotherton House was designed before the war for Leeds philanthropist Lord Brotherton, but was not completed until 1956 when the rationing of building materials to repair war damage finally ended. From 1962 the building served as the Police Headquarters for Leeds.

Mark Pullan of J. Pullan explained that Brotherton House was one of only a few high-quality buildings constructed in post-war Leeds and was worthy of retention.

He said: “We were impressed with Study Inn’s similar leasehold venture with Cambridgeshire County Council to convert and operate the council’s former headquarters building in central Cambridge.”

Kieran Leahy, Director of Study Inn Group, commented: “This is an excellent opportunity to bring a prominent building back to life and provide well-managed accommodation within walking distance of all the facilities the residents will need to enhance their life experience in the city.

“We have found that developments such as this can actually help to relieve a variety of pressures in the local residential communities and we look forward to working with Leeds City Council and other local stakeholders to ensure that this project is a long-term success,” he added.