Goodbard House, Leeds
Goodbard House, Leeds.
Rebecca Wayman

Headingley bar set to expand into Leeds following £1.4m investment

Bar group, Arc Inspirations is expanding its Headingley venue, The Box, into Leeds.

This comes after signing a lease on 7,000 sq ft of space at Goodbard House on Infirmary Street, which is owned by award-winning development company, Rushbond.

Arc Inspirations is currently fitting out the ground and lower ground floor unit as part of a £1.4m investment that will create a bar complete with Leeds’ first ever Budvar tank.

Richard Baker, of Rushbond, said: “Goodbard House is a magnificent 1905 Edwardian building that is well-known for its attractive façade and this will be complemented by an exceptional fit-out and new interior which is set to be a key feature of this new bar.

“Arc Inspirations owns and operates some of the most successful and popular bars and restaurants in Leeds, so there’s no doubt The Box will be a fantastic new addition for both Leeds city centre’s office core and Goodbard House.

“This ‘Hotel de Ville’ art nouveau style building is once again being re-imagined as a key hospitality offering for the city.”

The 150-cover venue will employ a team of 50 and will offer a Shuffle-Box area, electronic darts, live sport widescreens and a unique screening and tap room for private functions and corporate events.

This latest opening will be the second Box site in Leeds, joining the existing bar in Headingley, and is in close proximity to its Banyan Bar and Kitchen and Manahatta sites.

Goodbard House also offers approximately 18,000 sq ft of office space, which is spread across its five upper floors, and Rushbond is due to start work refurbishing a final 4,000 sq ft office unit that is currently available to rent.

Martin Wolstencroft, from Arc, added: “We are thrilled to announce the evolution of our exciting and growing brand, The Box.

“We’re a forward-thinking local business that is tuned into the latest trends and consumer demands. We’re not wedded to a concept and have put considerable time, effort and investment in creating an experiential space that offers a little something for everyone.”

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