Ashfield Building Group are transforming a Grade II listed building in Leeds to create multi-functional contemporary office space on behalf of landlords, Treadwell Developments.

Work is well underway in the refurbishment of the ground floor of Hope House, a two-storey property in the historic Mabgate area. The derelict space requires a comprehensive programme of works and will eventually comprise reception, two training rooms, manager’s office, coordinator’s office, storage area, WC and washroom facilities. Due for completion Q3, the new premises will be occupied on a long-term lease by Home-Start Leeds, a charity which offers a unique service for families who are experiencing difficulties while bringing up young children.

The Mabgate area developed at the end of the 18th century with the construction of various woollen mills. By 1850 the area had become packed with industrial premises. Mabgate today contains two listed buildings: the Hope Foundry, and its offices, Hope House. The Hope Foundry produced ironwork for street furniture such as lamps, bollards, benches and mileposts, many of which are still around.

Ashfield Building Group Director, Joel Ramsden, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Treadwell Developments to provide modern accommodation for a very impressive charity which has a lasting, positive impact on the development of children and the health and wellbeing of the family. The project will provide a further boost to the Mabgate area with the rejuvenation of this historic building.”

Home-Start seeks to help parents give their children the best start by harnessing the care, kindness and understanding of volunteers and people from all communities who are usually parents themselves. Their volunteers offer their time to support other parents as they increase their confidence and ability to cope and build better lives for their children and themselves. Further information is available at www.home-startleeds.co.uk