Developers bag former print works in Leeds

Developers Caddick Group and BET (Leeds) have snapped up a former print works with development potential in Leeds city centre.

The six-acre plot on Whitehall Road was home to the Polestar Petty printing works, which printed titles including Private Eye and Radio Times up to the time of its closure in 2014. In the 1980s, the business was owned by media tycoon Robert Maxwell as part of his British Printing & Communications Corporation empire.

It comprises more than 150,000 sq ft of warehouse and office buildings, which the new owners plan to refurbish for industrial uses in the short term. In future, Caddick will consider redeveloping it into a mixed-use scheme with a high volume of residential.

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“The Whitehall Road site is a natural extension to the exciting development activity taking place in this part of the city,” said Johnny Caddick, director at Caddick Group. “The proximity of the Whitehall Road site to the station and city centre makes it an exciting opportunity to create a great place to live and work.”

The Leeds offices of Gent Visick and Colliers International are advising Caddick and BET on the refurbishment proposals.

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