Leeds General Infirmary

Project

Leeds General Infirmary

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Lichfields provided advice to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on their regeneration proposals for Leeds General Infirmary, a Grade I listed hospital designed by George Gilbert Scott. Scott’s original building had been incrementally extended since its construction in 1864-8 and in 2018 was an agglomeration of more recent buildings and extensions of which many were unattractive and concealed parts of the original building. Under the rules of curtilage or through attachment these extensions could be treated as part of the Grade I listed building, a designation which was inappropriate for the majority of lower quality buildings on the site that would limit any opportunities for change.
Lichfields guided the Trust through a Listing Enhancement with Historic England which reconsidered the architectural and historic interest of buildings and their status. We prepared a Heritage Assessment of the site which suggested that the extent of the designation was focussed around the most notable 19th century elements of the Infirmary, excluding all the remaining buildings within the historic core. Historic England endorsed our assessment and the list entry has been updated accordingly.
With the newfound assurance regarding the heritage sensitivities of the site, Lichfields prepared the successful planning and listed building consent applications for the partial redevelopment of the hospital’s historic core with a new state-of-the-art children’s hospital.