Carbuncle Cup 2017

nova2Nova Victoria in London was the unlucky crown bearer this year, described as “a crass assault on all the senses from the moment of leaving Victoria tube station”. The mixed-use development scheme houses two office buildings and a residential building within an entire city block in Victoria. Nova developer Land Securities called the development “architecturally daring”, but could this be the very aspect that landed them the title that keeps all architects’ awake at night?

Building Design editor and one of the judges of the Carbuncle Cup, Thomas Lane said “the architect appears to have been inspired by the fractured, angular shapes beloved of star-architects like Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind and applied these to a run-of-the-mill spec office development. The result is two large blocks sliced and diced to create a series of angular volumes drunkenly leaning on each other. These volumes are clad with a medley of oversized vertical fins that zig zag up the façade to give each elevation a headache-inducing moiré pattern when viewed from the side.”

Architecture’s wooden spoon and the counterpart to the Royal Institute of British Architects “Stirling Prize”, the Carbuncle Cup, is intended to be a humorous award, voted for by public nomination – but will the prospect of finding yourself nominated for this national award hinder the future of architectural innovation?

‘Architectural beauty is undoubtedly in the eye of the beholder and for each lover of a building there will be a detractor. The question is; is there enough which is undeniably bad about a building for it to be a worthy Carbuncle Cup’ winner. Clearly, the judges, thought that Nova was such a thing’. What do you think?’

Morgans 20th Birthday

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Morgans has been at the forefront of City Living in Leeds for over 20 years and from a front room start-up with an inkling of an idea in 1997, the business now employs 50 people at the flagship premises it owns in the City Centre and the heart of Headingley.

The foundations of our business are our people, work ethic, innovative approach and unwavering determination to do the very best job we can for our clients and our team. This is evident across the considerable investment we make in our work environments, our 62 hours a week opening hours, our consistent PR and marketing approach and, most recently, our foray into the dark world of social media.

The backbone of our business is our landlords, many of whom have been with us for over 15 years and we do all we can to adhere to the principles of robust property management. We are proud of our performance in this area, having maintained 99% occupancy for the last 5 years and consistently managed our rent arrears at less than 1% of rent roll.

We celebrated our 20th birthday last week with a 12-hour-long event hosted by Nic Routh and his team at Shears Yard (located on The Calls). Attended by 180 guests, including our family, our friends, our clients and our staff, we arranged a number of entertainers to keep our guests enthralled throughout the day. Scott Perry, one of the UKs top magicians, Tristan Mackay a singer who began his career busking on the streets of Leeds City Centre and Dean a DJ from The Maven performed and entertained our guests during the celebration. The atmosphere, food and venue made the day even better, thanks to the team at Shears Yard. We were served a BBQ (which went well with the glorious sunshine on the day), a range of hot meals in the evening and drinks throughout the event.

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‘’It’s never a great idea in business to stop and dwell for too long but our party gave us the perfect opportunity to celebrate something of a milestone. It’s been an exciting journey for Morgans so far and as much energy and ambition now as we did in 1997”.

In the last 20 years, we have sold around 6,000 city centre apartments, rented a total of around 20,000, advised around 150 developers on new schemes and now manage a portfolio of property worth around £200m.  We are members of ARLA, TDS and The Property Ombudsman Scheme and we are consistently the number one agent on Rightmove in our key markets.

And we have so much more to do…

East Point Apartments Available To Rent

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East Point, which is located on East Street, just behind another successful residential development The Gateway, was converted by developer Fortis, and the building’s modern, sleek finish and city centre location are hugely appealing to tenants.

East Point is a modern building less than a mile from Leeds station and also within easy reach of the University of Leeds.  Its stylish interiors, residents’ terrace, cycle storage facilities and off street parking are ticking all the right the boxes with tenants who are looking for an easily accessible and smart city centre home.

All the apartments have attractive veneer floors, contemporary kitchens, fully tiled modern white bathrooms, secure access and CCTV.

We are having a very positive response to East Point since taking over the contract from the developer to market the 11 remaining apartments, and have already let five. There are now just six one bedroom apartments available at £695 per calendar month, and we are confident they will all be let very soon.

For further information about East Point call us on 0113 398 0099.

A Great Time To Make The City Centre Your Home

issho3A WAVE of new apartment developments in Leeds city centre have coincided with a number of new accolades for the city as well as several restaurant and bar openings, leading to a surge of people choosing to live in the city centre.

Morgans is currently marketing several central apartment schemes which have been developed exclusively for the rentals market offering high quality, fully furnished, one and two bedroomed homes in some of the city’s most sought after areas. 

These include 53 The Calls, where work has just completed on 19 contemporary apartments developed by Avenir Works.  All of the one and two bedroom apartments within the former office building at the eastern end of The Calls combine a modern design with a wide range of character features including high ceilings, exposed brickwork and large windows.  This is complemented by art déco influenced bathroom finishes, lightwood veneered floors and high specification kitchens complete with black granite work surfaces.  Prices range from £850 to £1,400 pcm.

East Point is another development that Morgans is marketing, consisting of 42 apartments on Richmond Street, close to The Calls, The Gateway and Clarence Dock.  The scheme has seen a former college building converted into a range of individual apartments with modern finishes, veneered floors, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms as well as off-street parking and a spacious residents’ terrace.  Prices range from £650 to £1250 pcm. 

These developments come hot on the heels of Leeds city centre making the headlines for all the right reasons recently.  The city has just been ranked fifth on The Lonely Planet’s best 10 places to visit in Europe and is now bidding to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023, which is really exciting.  We also have a host of new bars and restaurants opening every month, some owned by well-known local restauranteurs and others by established global giants such as D&D – look out for Issho, East 59TH, Mowgli Street Food and The Potting Shed amongst others.

As a result of all this, Morgans is receiving record enquiries from people who are eager to make Leeds city centre their home, recognising just how easy and exciting life in the city can be.  After years of undersupply, the city’s residential market is starting to step up the pace, and we have a range of apartment developments being released onto the market.  53 The Calls and East Point are both built for rent and available now and X1 Aire on East Street, which is also aimed specifically at renters, has also recently completed.

These developments are all proving extremely popular and we started taking reservations for East Point and 53 The Calls before work completed.  A large number of our tenants are moving into the city centre for the first time from across the city and beyond, and this is a trend that is set to continue, with several other exciting developments due to complete in the next 12 months, including 2 The Headrow and Victoria House which will offer renters further options across the city. 

Recent data shows that growth in the Northern cities is outstripping that in London and the south-east and it is essential that we are able to provide enough accommodation of the right quality in order to meet demand.

Brand New City Centre Rental Apartments Hit The Market

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The first apartments are now ready to reserve at Leeds city centre’s latest residential scheme, which has been developed exclusively for the rentals market and has seen a stunning building on The Calls transformed into a 19 contemporary homes.

53 The Calls has been developed by Avenir Works and we’re currently taking reservations for the homes in advance of their completion during July.  A show apartment has also just been unveiled that is now open to view.

All the one and two bedroom apartments within the former office building combine a modern design with a wide range of character features including high ceilings, exposed brickwork and large windows.  This is all complemented by art décor influenced bathroom finishes, lightwood veneer floors and high specification kitchens complete with black granite work surfaces.

53 The Calls is one of the best developments that will complete in Leeds city centre this year.  It’s in a great location, close to the River Aire and just a few minutes away from the historic Corn Exchange, and lots of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants such as Red’s True Barbecue, Jakes, Roland, Graze, Shears Yard, Brasserie Forty 4, Oracle and The Lamb & Flag.

All the loft style apartments offer exceptional furnishings and a unique specification that maximises all of the building’s original features, and they are already proving popular with discerning tenants looking for high quality rental property in this sought after area.

The show apartment provides a real feel for the exceptional quality that flows throughout the whole development and we’d urge anyone currently looking for a standout home to visit and experience what’s on offer first-hand.

Prices at 53 The Calls range from £850 to £1,400 pcm and further information is available by calling Morgans on 0113 3980099.

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7 reasons why The Calls is the place to live

A riverside walk, a fine dining restaurant and all the bars you could dream of…
Here’s why The Calls is the place to live in Leeds

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Firstly, the well-known night Life of Call Lane is just a short walk away…

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There’s the fine dining and unique restaurant Shears Yard nearby

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It’s located just beside the river Aire

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And is only a 6-minute walk to the brand-new Victoria Gate

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Not to mention, it’s in the grounds of Leeds Minster

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and is also surrounded by more independent restaurants and bars than you could ever wish for

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and lastly, it is only a short walk into the centre of Leeds

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Prominent City Centre Building To Be Transformed

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Leeds City Council has approved radical proposals for the reconstruction of 17 Wellington Street and 47 Aire Street, the scheme is located close to City Square and Leeds City Station and at the gateway to the continuing regeneration of the Leeds West End.

The building owners, Hallborough Properties Limited, advised by Holbeck Land, has received consent for the construction of 26 apartments and a 9,000 sq. ft. restaurant/bar and coffee shop offer on the ground and lower ground floors. The ornate frontage of 17 Wellington Street and the gable walls of the Grade II Listed building will be retained, with the majority of the rear extension to Aire Street demolished and replaced with a new six storey building.

Morgans City Living is advising on the residential units, which we will be letting and managing.

Architects Think Architecture has created a sympathetic blend of old and new structures connected by internal bridge links. A particular feature is the approval to create an extended “at grade” restaurant entrance on Wellington Street by the removal of existing steps.

This leisure element will have dual frontage to both Wellington Street and Aire Street and can be divided to suit individual occupiers’ requirements.

Barton Wilmore LLP, has provided planning and economic benefit advice in support of the granting of Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent.

Pudney Shuttleworth is retained to promote the leisure opportunity. Hallborough Properties is to retain the investment following completion of the development.

Nine New Starters At Morgans

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Nine new starters have recently joined Morgans, bolstering our office support team and rentals and sales divisions.

Holly Petterson and Cristina Harney join as receptionists, Matthew Kendrick, Jenny Sowerby and Phoebe Edwards join as property managers and Reece Burd has been appointed as an accounts administrator. Experienced rentals negotiator Lewis Williams and sales coordinator Laura Adams bolster the 12 strong sales and lettings team, and James Bruce will work as both a rentals and sales negotiator specialising in developing new business.

Business across our City centre and Headingley offices is up by around 10% in comparison to the same quarter last year.  The residential property market continues to gain momentum, especially in Leeds City centre where ongoing significant investment in new commercial developments, infrastructure and the retail and leisure offering is inevitably attracting more tenants, owner occupiers and property investors to the core of the City.

 

After The Flood – Work Completes On Morgans’ Office

Morgans new basement smallWork is complete on the £300,000 refurbishment of the lower ground floor of Morgans’ Dock Street office, which was submerged in more than five feet of water during the Boxing Day floods of 2015.

The basement project, which has been designed by Architecture 519, now boasts 2,000sq.ft of contemporary space, with a new kitchen, two themed break out spaces, a snug, bathrooms, showers and boardroom.

The basement is designed to feel completely different to the space upstairs.  A primary consideration in the design and specification was future flood resilience. Design features include extensive exposed brickwork, poured resin floor and surface mounted services delivering a more utilitarian feel to the space. Bespoke panelling, cladding and furniture has been developed to be demountable and constructed from water resistant materials.

This combines to create a really special area where the team can relax, away from the hustle and bustle upstairs.  It also has the potential to be used as an informal event or training space and will be a great asset for both Morgans and their partners in the business and charity communities.

Morgans was one of many businesses hit by the floods.  However, only 12 of 11,000 apartments in Leeds City Centre suffered flood damage over the Christmas period, despite extensive disruption across the city.

 

Buyers Praise Leeds Development

St Peters Hall LeedsAll of the apartments at an exclusive development of historic buildings in the grounds of Leeds Minster have sold within just a few weeks of the scheme completing.

St Peter’s House & Hall is a development of just 12 individual apartments, most of which have a parking space, on The Calls in Leeds City Centre.

St Peter’s House and Hall offered a rare opportunity for people to buy a new home in one of Leeds’ most popular residential areas.  The homes were purchased by both investors and owner occupiers.

The sensitive restoration of the attractive heritage buildings means that no two apartments within the Hall are the same, and they all benefit from a host of period features. St Peter’s House which sits alongside the Hall, has a mix of North facing apartments which enjoy stunning views of Leeds Minster, whilst those to the South side of the building overlook The Calls.

The luxury specification, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms and character features really set the tone for this high-quality, sensitively restored, beautiful red-bricked building and we are keen to bring other similar schemes to the market due to the levels of interest we had in this one.