Leonardo & Thoresby Student Accommodation


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McLaren Property
December 2023
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473 student bedrooms for Leeds City Centre, through new build and sensitive, low-carbon repurposing of existing buildings

In Leeds, Robertson is bringing the former Leonardo Printworks & Thoresby buildings back to life. The project combines new build with refurbishment of Grade II Listed buildings. It will provide 473 student bedrooms across a mix of studio and student cluster accommodation, attracting undergraduates, postgraduates and young professionals to the city centre.

The student accommodation is a 10 minute walk north of the train station and located just off the central bus route of Woodhouse Lane, a popular student area. The University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett and Leeds Teaching hospital are all within a 5–10 minute walk of the site, providing direct and safe routes for students to the cities teaching facilities.

11 new storeys

on existing surface level car park

255 bedrooms

in new build section

218 bedrooms

in refurbished building

Repurposing Grade II listed buildings

The project is comprised of three buildings, two of which are Grade II listed, These are; Leonardo Printworks, which is the oldest, and the Thoresby Building which was originally a school. The third, The Leonardo Building was constructed in 1998 as office space.

Overall, the project provides a total of 473 purpose-built student bedrooms across a mix of student cluster and studio bedroom accommodation. 218 beds are provided in the retained building and a further 255 beds provided in the new build section, constructed in the existing car park.

Phased handover to meet September 2023 intake

The project is being handed over in phases, with the New Build and Printworks completed for September 2023 intake of students. The Leonardo and Thoresby sections are due to be completed for 2024 intakes. 

Refurbishing existing buildings, using minimal structural alteration, substantially reduced the embodied carbon of the development. Operational costs and ongoing carbon emissions were also minimised by connecting to the city council’s district heating system, along with a thermally efficient building fabric and rooftop photovoltaic panels.