Pavilion Court
Pavilion Cinema in Stanningley.

Plans for West Yorkshire cinema residential development set in motion

A 100-year-old former cinema in West Yorkshire is being transformed into a development of 17 ‘technologically advanced’ apartments.

Currently used as an office building known as the Pavilion Business Centre, the former 644-seat Pavilion Cinema in Stanningley is being converted into a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments and duplexes by Trinity Developments and Starfish Investments.

Leeds-based Brewster Bye Architects has designed the scheme, to be known as Pavilion Court, which will see the development include smart home technology. Motion and mood lighting, automatic blinds and smart heating will feature in each property as well as car parking and bicycle storage.

Due to complete in spring 2020, major improvements are being made to the exterior of the building, based on the junction of Stanningley Road, Town Street and Half Mile Lane. This will include repairs to its render, brickwork, windows and roof, as well as remedial landscaping work.

Chris Austin, managing director at Brewster Bye Architects, said: “This building is steeped in history and to give it a new lease of life in its centenary year is a fitting tribute for such a prominent Stanningley landmark.

“Its stunning art deco styled front entrance is particularly well-known and this will continue to be a focal point of the completed development. There’s no doubt it will be a great place to live, in a really popular area, close to plenty of amenities and with excellent transport links.

“It’s just over a mile away from both New Pudsey and Bramley railway stations, it’s on the bus route into Leeds city centre and sits alongside the Cycle Superhighway, which connects Leeds with Bradford, so it’s in a great location.”

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