April 21st, 2020

The longest established home letting specialist in the Leeds area, Pickard Properties, is launching another build-to-rent scheme – this time in a conservation area in Horsforth, five miles north-west of Leeds city centre.

Building on the award-winning success of its highly popular Spinning Acres scheme in Far Headingley, The Masons on the Green at Horsforth is smaller, providing five luxury, loft-style apartments with three adjoining town houses.

The focal point of the development is the ancient Black Bull Inn, which is one of Horsforth’s oldest pubs, dating back to 1654.  The building was purchased by Pickard Properties in 2008, in a poor state  of repair.

Since then, extensive redevelopment and refurbishment work has resulted in a modern makeover to assure the building’s existence well into the future where no expense has been spared to create modern, well-designed accommodation with gardens and parking.

The Masons on the Green now offers what is arguably, some of the finest rental property available in Horsforth.

Following redevelopment, four one-bed apartments have been created on the first floor with a two-bed apartment on the top floor, while three town houses form a continuation of a stone terrace to the rear.  At ground floor level, The Black Bull Inn will continue to operate.

Commenting on Pickard Properties’ latest build-to-rent scheme, director, Catherine Coleman, said:

“This is another niche development for us and one that we are very proud to bring to market.  We expect it to be highly sought after by a range of renters, particularly young professionals and families – in fact, anyone who loves the idea of living in a bustling community with a host of amenities on their doorstep.

“We thought long and hard about how to re-purpose this wonderful old building and as is our custom, we have taken great care to specify the highest quality materials throughout.  I should like to thank the Horsforth Historical Society for its valuable contribution throughout the development programme.

“We have matched the original Yorkshire stone and roof slates to the existing building fabric, installing wooden windows in keeping with the building’s listed status and replacing all floors and ceilings with high grade acoustic materials to safeguard against any noise from passing traffic. 

“It is fair to say, we are delighted with the finished product and pleased to have been able to extend the life of this very significant building for many more years, because it has withstood the test of time at the heart of Horsforth’s development over the centuries.”

Richard Walsh, director at architects, Halliday Clark, added:  “The emerging concept for The Masons on the Green sought to unite modern high-quality living with the character and sensitivity of the Horsforth conservation area. We have given a contemporary twist to traditionally styled interiors and careful attention was given to ensuring that each flat is thermally and acoustically treated to the highest specification.”

In true loft style, the two-bedroom apartments have open-plan kitchens and living areas with floor to ceiling windows.  Two first floor apartments have balconies and those without, benefit instead from a private garden at ground level.  The top floor apartment has its own small and private roof terrace.

The three town houses, with names inspired by the local quarrying industry – Quarry House, Yorkstone House and Mason House – each have three bedrooms, the master with an ensuite, plus a family bathroom and open-plan kitchen, dining and living space, ground floor WC/Cloakroom and French doors leading to a private, enclosed garden, which is child-safe.

Apartments benefit from CCTV to the communal areas and Virgin Media optic cabling is fitted as  standard throughout the entire development.  There are also eight allocated parking spaces with three electric vehicle charging points to the rear.

Rents start from £1275.00 pcm for the townhouses and from £775.00 pcm furnished for the apartments.

Architect for the scheme was Halliday Clark, contractor was Dobson Construction with Fox Lloyd Jones as QS.

Accommodation at The Masons on the Green will be available to view mid-April and anyone interested should pre-register at www.themasonsonthegreen.co.uk to book their slot. Those who pre-book will be given priority viewings.