Watkin Jones begins public consultation for Leeds’ first co-living scheme

Watkin Jones has launched a public consultation for Leeds’ first co-living residential scheme, which will deliver 232 new homes.

What a studio room would look like at Leeds' first co-living scheme - Watkin Jones | BTR News
What a studio room would look like at Leeds' first co-living scheme.

A public consultation has been launched on draft plans for Leeds’ first co-living residential scheme. The proposed high-quality development located at 28-36 The Headrow was previously known as Direct Line House.

The proposed scheme has been brought forward by developers, builders, and managers of new homes for rent – Watkin Jones. With over thirty years’ experience delivering residential and mixed-use schemes, the company has a wealth of placemaking expertise and a successful track record in delivering high-quality and sustainable homes that welcome everyone. 

The proposed co-living scheme will deliver 232 private studios across ten floors alongside extensive communal and outdoor spaces, with retail retained on the ground floor. The proposed scheme will repurpose one of the most prominent buildings on The Headrow, bringing new life to the mainly vacant existing building, and repurposing the empty office spaces into homes while retaining the retail spaces on the ground floor. The scheme will bring a new residential offer to Leeds city and will support the rejuvenation of the city centre economy.

Co-living accommodation is designed to offer high quality, flexible and modern city living. Co-living deliberately seeks to encourage social interaction and the sense of community, in order to enhance wellbeing – through design and operation. The plans for the Leeds co-living scheme will feature good sized studio apartment with a variety of additional shared spaces – including kitchens, co-working spaces, lounges, gyms and studio spaces. For community leisure purposes, a landscaped roof space will also be created to offer outdoor events, exercise, work and dining.

“We’re excited about the potential to repurpose 28-36 The Headrow into active and vibrant homes in the heart of Leeds. Our proposal to bring co-living to the city offers an innovative and sustainable housing choice for residents whilst the refurbishment and improvement to the existing building will reduce embodied carbon.”

“We’ll continue to work closely with stakeholders and local communities to create a scheme we can all be proud of. All comments and thoughts are really welcome as the plans come together.

“Leeds has a great reputation for growth, regeneration, ambition, resilience and innovation, which we want our plans to be part of. We’re looking forward to playing our part and helping the city centre to be at the forefront of this rapidly emerging residential sector.”

Alex Glenister, Development Director, Watkin Jones