First White Cloth Hall

Kirkgate, Leeds

A Grade II* listed building, the First White Cloth Hall is one of the most significant historical buildings in Leeds city centre.

The transformation of the building will include a rebuild of the West Wing and northern elevation as well as the re-creation of the single, undivided assembly room space. A lightweight structure will enclose the public courtyard to reveal the building’s historic form, and a contemporarily-designed cube on the southern elevation will provide a physical and visual link to the Corn Exchange. The scheme is designed by Manchester-based Buttress, an award-winning design studio with over twenty-five years of experience working on heritage buildings.

Based on Kirkgate, Leeds’ oldest street, the First White Cloth Hall was built in 1711 for the sale of undyed cloth. In 1758 it was replaced by the Second White Cloth Hall on Meadow Lane. The First White Cloth Hall has been on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register since 1999.

The newly-restored First White Cloth Hall will be a unique opportunity for a concept retail store, cultural business or leisure operator who is looking to play a key role in the ongoing revitalisation of the Kirkgate Neighbourhood. It will be an opportunity for an original operator to provide the next chapter for this  neighbourhood,  which was responsible for pioneering the successful cloth trade in Leeds.

For information about future letting opportunities please contact Richard Baker.