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Hope For Hope Foundry

MAP Charity, an alternative education provider based in Mabgate in Leeds, has appointed Martin Walsh Architectural (MWA) to refurbish its existing, historic home – Hope Foundry.

The £1m conservation project, supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Leeds City Council, will breathe new life into the Grade II listed building.

The Workspace Project will see the first and second floors of Hope House & Hope Foundry refurbished, bringing vacant and under-utilised space back into use. The refurbishment will deliver a positive and collaborative environment; a mixture of workspaces with access to communal kitchens and breakout spaces will be created for creatives and SME’s to rent at market rates.

Matt Morgan, Architectural Technologist at MWA, comments: “This is a significant project for the team here at MWA, which draws upon our experience and expertise in conservation.

“It is about protecting assets, but in a way that also supports our client’s aims. As a charity, this will create an income by producing new workspaces that secure their long-term future and their services. So, the building must be accessible and usable; it must work harder for MAP Charity and its service users.”

With a focus on improving accessibility and sustainability, a lift will be introduced to provide access to the first and second floor spaces. The thermal performance of the building will also be sensitively improved to assist the long term operation of the building through lower heating requirements and costs.

Matt adds: “Hope Foundry has significant historical value, having been built in 1831. Its industrial heritage is celebrated, and we are looking forward to helping this distinctive building continue its journey in supporting those from the creative industries.”

The 12-month project, which aims to achieve BREEAM Good rating in accordance with the funders’ requirements, will see MWA act as Principal Designer under the CDM Regulations 2015.

MWA is acting as design team lead and will seek Listed Building Consent on behalf of MAP Charity for the for the works, with close consultation with Leeds City Council. Subsequently, MWA will produce technical drawings and specifications to seek building regulations approval before producing a tender package alongside the projects Client Representative and Quantity Surveyor. MWA will also support the construction and handover phases.

This is a significant project that draws upon our experience and expertise in conservation. It is about protecting assets, making the building accessible and usable. In order to secure a long-term future the building must work harder for MAP Charity and its service users.

Matt Morgan

Architectural Technologist