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Cotton Works

A Faithful Transformation

Sympathetically renovated by multi-award winning architects, great care has been taken to retain many of the original features such as the stained glass entrance and staircase glazing; the encaustic floor tiles to the entrance hall which also features some of the original plaster work; the superb sweeping staircase with its beautifully carved oak bannister and newel post;   10” (25 cm) skirting boards replaced and reused wherever possible; 7” (18cm) wide architraves within the apartments and four panelled doors with moulding  throughout with beehive door handles; the magnificent large bay windows and high ceilings at ground floor level.


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The renovation and refurbishment of a building of this vintage requires a careful balance between successfully retaining the spirit and detail of the original design whilst creating sensitive modern insertions to complement the original, making a stronger whole.

The building’s structure has been stripped back to enable new heating and ventilation systems to be carefully integrated, whilst new acoustic ceiling and floor construction ensure the building complies with the latest standards and Building Regulations.

Externally the original stonework has been carefully renovated, the double-height feature bay window to the western façade completely rebuilt and high-quality Heritage range UPVC windows fitted throughout the apartments. Existing slates have been reused as part of the re-roofing of the building, and the roof space benefits from high levels of insulation.

Such modern insertions to Cotton Works emphasise the character of the original building, whilst providing a contemporary backdrop to modern day living.  In fact, the refurbishment of this 200-year-old building showcases both the craftsmanship of the past and its skilful interpretation by the craftsmen of today, introducing details which are modern, yet respectful to its remarkable architecture.


Luxury living at its best

Internally, the choice of high-end fixtures, fittings and décor is also wholly complementary to the history of the building.

Wall panelling in the communal hallways is finished in Farrow and Ball Downpipe and Shaded White.  A herringbone carpet, so typical of the Victorian period, has been fitted to the staircase.

An impressively large, light and airy living room/kitchen/dining area is the focal point within each apartment. 

In fact, all the accommodation is of generous proportions, whether one or two bedrooms.

The high ceilings of the three ground floor apartments draw focus to the elegance and spaciousness of the Victorian era. They are further enhanced by large bay windows, fitted with contemporary blinds to allow privacy and maximum daylight.

The stylish and functional kitchens, which are fitted to two walls of the main living area, are British made by Callerton.  With work tops in quartz, inset Franke sinks and  the matt lacquered doors come in a choice of fjord blue or navy blue, matched with antique oak doors, reflecting the heritage of the property.  

Marble herringbone splash back tiles provide detailing which would lift any kitchen with reliable Bosch appliances - dishwasher, washer dryer, integrated microwave, hob, cooker and extractor - which combine to make living at Cotton Works an absolute pleasure. 

On the top floor, the one-bedroom apartment has been designed to maximise the volume and character of the roof space.  With roof lights to maximise daylight, creating a loft apartment feel, its large living space with exposed timber beams and a vaulted ceiling create a great ambience. 

The brilliant white bathrooms in Cotton Works are a nod to the Victorian era with Heritage fittings throughout. While the one-bedroom apartment has a bath with a low-profile shower, basin and WC, all two-bedroom apartments have a Bristan shower with glass partition, WC, washbasin and a sawn oak wall-hung vanity unit with storage drawers and a mirrored cabinet with light and shaver socket. 

The tiling is subtle and superbly demonstrates the skills of modern-day craftsmen. The floor and three walls are presented in stylish grey tiling while two-tone herringbone tiling in blues or cream and beige create a feature wall.  

Bedrooms come with an array of power points, including sockets with phone charging points. Fitted slide robes to the master bedroom create a sense of smart, uncluttered space.

Benefiting from electric heating throughout which is app controlled, Cotton Works apartments are lit by LED lighting controllable by dimmer switches. The entire building is Wi-Fi enabled throughout and provides the utmost security for residents with a comprehensive CCTV system . 



Burton Lea Apartments 1-6 , 19 Burton Crescent, Far Headingley, Leeds, LS6 4DN




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