We care about Heritage, Historic Buildings and Listed Features

June 19, 2023

Crispin Lofts, the fantastic Grade II listed New York style Loft Apartment building in Leeds City Centre has undergone a programme of extensive, careful refurbishment works which has included the much-loved domed roof.

As a signature feature of Leeds’s skyline it’s our job at Rushbond to do our best to ensure that these special buildings and our civic heritage are looked after and maintained not only for those who live within them, but to also help ensure wider Leeds always looks its best.

The domed room was previously clad in a combination of tar & bitumen, new coverings were assessed, and lead was selected for its robustness, longevity, aesthetics, and historic credentials.

It now incorporates upgraded lightning protection and improved gutters & downpipes and due to the carefully selected welt details is expected to reach a lifespan in excess of sixty years in this highly exposed and very prominent location.

Crispin House was built in 1911 and opened in July 1916 as the HeaTona clothing factory owned by Henry & William Heaton, originally making ladies skirts, suits & coats and famous ‘Alwetha’ raincoats, plus clothing for the Army and Navy. At this time it was known as HeaTona House and by 1926 over 1000 people worked in the building and the firm had representatives in seven countries world-wide. Employment peaked at 1200 in the 1930’s, however slowly declined and by the 1960’s there were fewer than 500 workers. Heatona sadly ceased trading in 1981.

Crispin Orthotics, manufacturers of orthopaedic footwear, then occupied the building until 1997 until such time it was redeveloped firstly into an (unfinished) hotel, and finally into the loft style apartments & penthouses of Crispin Lofts we see today.

For more information about Crispin Lofts and apartment availability please refer to the website https://www.crispinlofts.uk