U.K.-based Safestore Holdings PLC has submitted an application in Leeds, England, to demolish a structurally unsound building and replace it with a seven-story, 95,000-square-foot self-storage facility. Supported by financial-advisory firm Deloitte LLP, the operator told the city council the project will “deliver a new building that will positively transform the site, reflecting and complementing the wider pattern of investment and regeneration that has taken place around the Bridge Street area in recent years,” according to the source
The existing six-story structure, commonly referred to as Baker House, is bounded by New York Road as well as Bridge and Trafalgar Streets. Built between 1920 and 1930, it originally served as a showroom and service garage for Ford Motor Co. The city changed the zoning in 1987 to allow for distribution and storage. The building was closed in January due to concerns about its structural integrity, the source reported.
Founded in the U.K. in 1998, Safestore operates 120 self-storage facilities, including 44 in London and 26 in France. Its wholly owned properties comprise more than 5.6 million square feet of storage space, while its entire portfolio serves approximately 55,000 customers.
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