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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 of this late Victorian villa, such as:

  • The beautiful stained glass entrance and hallway
  • 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
  • Four panelled doors with moulding throughout, complete with beehive door handles
  • Magnificent large bay windows and high ceilings at ground floor level


Properties launching in June 2019


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, while 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 have been 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, while 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  matt lacquered cupboard doors (which come in a choice of fjord blue or navy blue), matched with antique oak doors, the heritage of the property is truly reflected.  

One-bedroom refurbished apartment

Cotton Works in Burton Lea, Burton Crescent is a 200-year-old Victorian building, which we have sympathetically renovated, you’ll find an exquisite one-bedroom and two bedroom apartments with many original features to reflect the age of the building.  Designed to maximise the volume and character of the roof space on the top floor with a vaulted ceiling and roof lights, which create a loft apartment feel, blending the old with the new.  The stylish yet functional British-made Callerton kitchen with integrated Bosch appliances is complemented by a brilliant white bathroom, featuring Heritage fittings from and herringbone tile patterned walls. Apartments come with their own parking bay and there is also a charging point for electric vehicles. 


Two-bedroom refurbished apartments 

The two-bedroom apartments in the refurbished Cotton Works are some of the most sought after in the Leeds area. Emphasising the character of the original building whilst providing a contemporary backdrop to modern day living, the three two-bedroom apartments available here benefit from stunning views onto mature trees. The large, light and airy living room/kitchen/dining area is the focal point within each apartment. At ground floor level, apartments have high ceilings and large bay windows, fitted with contemporary blinds to allow privacy. Kitchens are stylish and functional with marble herringbone splash back tiles and integrated Bosch appliances.  



Burton Lea Apartments 1-6 , No. 19 Burton Crescent, Far Headingley, Leeds, LS6 4DN


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Pickard Properties Ltd

26-30 North Lane