The Collective signs on at 34 Boar Lane in Leeds

The Collective, a unique interior design and cafe-bar concept, is to open at 34 Boar Lane in the centre of Leeds in late autumn.

The café-bar enables guests to enjoy high-quality furnishings and tableware, which are all for sale, with a drink and light refreshments. It is inspired by the laid-back Los Angeles art scene.

Kinrise, the owners of 34 Boar Lane, have recently completed the spectacular transformation of this iconic building, which features the finest office space and retail to come on to the Leeds market this year,

The Collective is taking a 1,819 sq ft unit on the ground floor, next to street food specialists Mowgli, who are already trading. The rent is GBP32.99 per sq ft on a ten-year lease.

Recruiting is now under way for all positions, with a total of 16 jobs to be created.

Kinrise have now fulfilled ambitious plans to create one of the most dynamic mixed-use destinations in Leeds. The 57,000 sq ft building, with 46,000 sq ft of office space over five floors, is located immediately opposite the railway station in the heart of the city’s professional and retail quarters.

The Collective deal was brokered by the Leeds office of global property Knight Frank on behalf of Kinrise.

Ellen Pryce of the Collective says: “The Collective, with 42 covers, is a space to refuel, unwind and discover. Inspired by the sun-soaked serenity of the L.A art scene, it will offer a feast of eye-candy for the discerning design junkie with its dreamy interiors and laid-back ambience. It will provide our guests with an immersive experience that encourages them to quite literally buy into our brand.

“We have worked hard to source some amazing British companies that produce high-quality hand-crafted furnishings and tableware and it’s exciting that we can allow our to guests to really fall in love with the pieces before they order them for their own home.

“The large majority of everything you see in The Collective will be available to purchase, from the sofas and modern art, to the tables, chairs and even the kitchenware. The food and drinks will match the curated interiors with an instagram-worthy menu of healthy brunch and lunch options, incredible coffees and classic cocktails.

Her co-director Dale Wynter adds: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a brand-new concept that uses our team’s Collective skills within interior design and hospitality and brings something completely fresh to Leeds. When we saw 34 Boar Lane, we knew it would be the perfect home for The Collective as it embodies a great ethos of being environmentally friendly, modern and encourages a great sense of community. 

“Ellen and I have a great partnership, with her fabulous interior design skills enhancing my hospitality venues and makes them something special.”

Movable bookcases at the Collective will allow private meetings and cosy corners to work as well as spaces for events and workshops.

George Aberdeen, co-founder of Kinrise, says: “It is very exciting to welcome such an innovative and imaginative company like The Collective to 34 Boar Lane. They are the perfect fit for our very special building, where we are creating a collaborative environment that offers our occupiers high-quality office floors, small studios or co-working desks all with top technology as well as an exciting range of independent restaurants and events.
 
“Our aim is to turn iconic but un-loved buildings into creative work and community spaces. It means that the city’s heritage and soul lives on for the future and real cultural capital remains in the centre rather than being pushed further out of cities.” 

Eamon Fox, partner and head of department at Knight Frank in Leeds, says: “We are choosing our occupiers very carefully, as the spirit and ethos of 34 Boar Lane is crucial. The Collective concept is absolutely brilliant and fits this special building’s aspirational culture perfectly.

“We worked with Kinrise for over three years to find the correct property in Leeds to buy and now our ambitious vision has become a reality. We have transformed this well-positioned building into an exciting workplace at the forefront of the Leeds market. The lettings announced so far are a resounding endorsement of what Kinrise has achieved here.”

Current occupiers of 34 Boar Lane include recruitment company Charlton Morris, pensions advisory firm Isio, brand agency McCann, culture group Leeds 2023 and popular Yorkshire restaurant chain Mowgli, together with many smaller companies who use the attractive co-working space on the ground floor. 

The Leeds office of property consultancy Pudney Shuttleworth advised the Collective.