Works continue on Victoria Quays footbridge

Works continue on Victoria Quays footbridge

RDF have recently started the delicate restoration and conservation of an existing footbridge at Victoria Quay near Navigation Walk in Leeds.

The lagoon below the bridge was formerly a basin joining onto the River Aire with warehouses used for the storage of goods and, so we are lead to believe, working boats.

In 1986 Barratts converted the old warehouses into flats and separated the basin from the river, since then it has been known as the Victoria Quays Lagoon. The bridge was constructed from the old existing timber roof trusses that were taken out of the roof from Flyboat House, the then derelict warehouse adjacent to the lagoon.

The structural repairs to the timber trusses are extensive in their nature, bespoke to the bridge and are all being delicately completed by RDF’s skilled craftsmen.

 

More photos to follow as the works progress.

Bridge over calm waters

Bridge over calm waters

RDF have recently started the delicate restoration and conservation of an existing footbridge at Victoria Quay near Navigation Walk in Leeds.

The lagoon below the bridge was formerly a basin joining onto the River Aire with warehouses used for the storage of goods and, so we are lead to believe, working boats.

In 1986 Barratts converted the old warehouses into flats and separated the basin from the river, since then it has been known as the Victoria Quays Lagoon. The bridge was constructed from the old existing timber roof trusses that were taken out of the roof from Flyboat House, the then derelict warehouse adjacent to the lagoon.

The structural repairs to the timber trusses are extensive in their nature, bespoke to the bridge and are all being delicately completed by RDF’s skilled craftsmen.

 

More photos to follow as the works progress.

Listed Building is delicately restored

Listed Building is delicately restored

All the units of the stunning ‘Lawns House‘ re-development have been completed with the new build stone gate house also nearing completion.

The properties ooze many beautiful period features such as decorative cornices, high ceilings and sliding sash windows, that compliment the character of the dominant, Listed building as well as having many modern touches added to assist in making them suitable for modern living. Some of the existing features have been retained in their full glory whereas others needed to be lovingly and painstakingly restored or even added to the units by members of the extremely skilled RDF team. The level of finish both internally and externally is of an exceptionally high standard of quality.

Each unit has a character and ‘feel’ all of it’s own which allows every home owner to have their own individual piece of the magnificent Listed Building.

 

Jewel in the Crown completed at prestigious Listed Building

Jewel in the Crown completed at prestigious Listed Building

The final unit that was being converted at the Lawns House Development has been completed and handed over to the new owners.

Large sections of the external stone walls were carefully taken down, catalogued and re-built to increase the internal floor space of the, now vast, two bed roomed, two bath roomed property.

The glazed atrium was fully replaced with the existing timber trusses and decorative paneling being given a new lease of life via LED lighting and a specifically chosen colour scheme. The property was, as with the other units on the development, fully rewired with a new heating system and sanitary ware throughout.

Solid Oak flooring, a multi fuel stove and an anthracite kitchen completed the modern, minimalistic finish that the client hoped to achieve.

National Awards calls for RDF

National Awards calls for RDF

RDF Building were one of only two winners at the Regional finals awards ceremony that were entered into the National awards.

As a result of this success the Shire Oak Road scheme is now shortlisted for the National Local Authority Building Control Award within the Restoration and Conversion Excellence Category with the ceremony to be held at the famous Brewery Venue in London on November 11th where we hope to be celebrating success again!

Accepting the regional award on behalf of RDF Building are (l-r) Graham Mattison – Contracts Manager, Michael Brearey – Commercial Director and Richard Jagger of R J Design Ltd. 

RDF Building Services putting the Finishing Touches to the Prestigious Lawns House Conversion.

RDF Building Services are nearing completion of Lawns House a conversion from commercial offices to domestic use, with a number of the units already sold.

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RDF were awarded the Principle Contract because of our works on similar prestigious projects, a fact supported by our recent Local Authority Building Control Award for Construction Excellence in the Conversion and Restoration category.

RDF have transformed the property into eight individually designed Freehold Homes, beautifully combining the historic surroundings with the finer features of modern day living. Complementing the original building is a detached new build bungalow with impressive portico entrance, located within the landscaped grounds.

Exuding character Lawns House is a superb conversion and presents eight of the most striking two and three bedroom properties in West Yorkshire. Throughout conversion the utmost care has been taken to retain the original period features, including high ceilings, ornate covings, deep skirting’s and sash windows. Manufacture of the sliding sash window units was undertaken in our joinery shop based at our offices in Wortley, and are just a further example of the quality timber product that we are able to produce.

Internal fixtures and fittings have been selected with consideration given to the history and setting of each property without compromising standards, incorporating character kitchens with integrated appliances, period style fire places and traditional bathrooms. All works including internal fit our have been managed by the RDF team.

Located within its own gated community the properties come with private gardens and communal living spaces surrounded by woodland.

Bordering Farnley Park, with country walks and bridleways yet possessing excellent access to the Ring Road and Motorway network the properties offer the best of both worlds with the opportunity to lead a country lifestyle within a short commute of the vibrant City of Leeds.

Currently receiving viewings by appointment Lawns House is nearing completion offering prospective purchases the opportunity to purchase “Affordable Grandeur” two and three bedroom properties ranging from £205,000 to £325,000.

For further information and to arrange a viewing call DN Estates 0113 2560800

RDF Building wins negotiated tender on listed building redevelopment

Lawns House

RDF Building have successfully won a negotiated tender to complete the redevelopment and delicate conservation of a Grade II Listed Building.

The development, that is already raising interest and offers from prospective purchasers, involves changing the use of the building from its current commercial use back into high end residential dwellings that have been affectionately referred to as ‘Affordable Grandeur’.

The building has many period features that are stunning in both their beauty and detail which is one of the many reasons that the property developer chose to partner with RDF Building, instead of the other tenderers, on this scheme.

“I know from RDF’s impressive portfolio of completed projects, consistent track record and client feedback that I am in safe hands with my investment” 

The impressive scheme will create eight stunning villas complete with a private garden area and secure off street parking.The gated community will also have large communal gardens with many existing mature trees that can be enjoyed by all the family. There are several parks, schools and a cricket club within walking distance but it is serene nature of the site, due in part to it’s the leafy location, that already has buyers hooked.

Further updates, including plans of the site and Estate Agents details where the properties will be available through, will be posted shortly.

Completed Projects Breathe New Life into ‘Tired’ Section of Wetherby’s Main Street

Two recently completed projects have given part of Wetherby’s Main Street a much needed lift. The George & Dragon pub had deteriorated over a number of years and had become something of an eye-sore. When it was purchased by our client for redevelopment we were appointed to transform the building and outbuildings into retail units, flats and two detached properties. Our work on these properties led to our appointment by another client to redevelop an adjacant property creating three shops and three flats. This project incorporated a retained façade new build requiring extensive steelwork. The two schemes have been a great success with all the domestic accommodation sold or let and full occupation of the retail units, The Yorkshire Building Society recently acquiring the last remaining unit

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Work Commences on Redevelopment of Headingley Historic Gem

Work has commenced at 19 Shire Oak Road, Headingley following the granting of planning for conversion to 6 cottages. The building, although in use until its sale in 2012, had fallen into disrepair and the work required to redevelop it to provide 21st century amenities whilst retaining many historic features is significant. Our experience in working on listed and heritage buildings has enabled us to assist our client in making a number of decisions to ensure a successful project. Works include the restoration of a number of features added by renowned Leeds architect George Corson, the complete reconfiguration of the internal space to provide 6 cottages of character, the demolition and rebuilding of a large extension incorporating steelworks, the removal of a large bay window, the restoration of black and white timber detailing and some structural alterations. Four of the 6 cottages have already been sold ‘off plan’.

The project has attracted a lot of attention from local residents who were concerned about the future of the site. Very early on we entered into open dialogue with the residents in close proximity, holding meetings with them to discuss the scheme and talk through any concerns they may have had. Our approach has ensured full support for the scheme and we continue to liaise closely with residents.

19 Shire Oak Road has an interesting history. Records suggest there has been a building on the site of the former College of Music since the early 14th Century. Over the years it has had some famous owners including Thomas Cranmer, the Earls of Cardigan and renowned Leeds architect, George Corson, who added some of his own touches to the building. Around 1940 the house was bought by famous soprano Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen who gave singing coaching lessons to a select few. Her most notable student was Julie Andrews, who mentions the house in her memoirs. Madame Stiles-Allen donated the house to the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama in 1964 when they lost their premises, and it remained in use by the College until its sale in 2012, by which time it had sadly fallen into very poor condition.

Work is progressing to programme and will complete in May.

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