Work begins to convert Harrogate’s Herald Buildings into flats and shops
Last updated Feb 1, 2024
Photo of Montpellier Hill in Harrogate, showing the Herald Buildings covered in scaffolding.

Work is underway to convert the Harrogate’s Herald Buildings on Montpellier Parade into shops and flats.

The buildings, which date back to the 1850s, were headquarters to the Harrogate Advertiser for over 100 years until the company moved out in 1990.

They then operated as a Slug and Lettuce pub until May 2021. They have been vacant since.

Yorkshire-based property investment company Rushbond, which acquired the site in 2021, has appointed Ashfield Projects to renovate the buildings.

It will convert the site into four ground floor retail units and five flats, including a penthouse.

The Montpellier area. Pic: Rushbond PLC

The apartments will be marketed by Rushbond’s new housebuilding arm – Fallowdale Homes – and are expected to be ready to move into from spring next year.

Richard Gough, project manager for Rushbond, said:

“We are excited to have begun work on this iconic local landmark.

“The renovations will create a sustainable, long-term use for these significant buildings, offering future generations of people the opportunity to live and work in this locally designated heritage asset.

“We hope that by breathing new life into this historic building, the much loved Montpellier neighbourhood in Harrogate will be further enhanced with new retail spaces to be enjoyed by a growing community of residents.”

The Harrogate Herald buildings. Pic: Rushbond PLC

The Stray Ferret reported in 2022 that Rushbond had applied to convert the building.

These buildings will add to Rushbond’s portfolio. Its previous projects included restoring Leeds Corn Exchange and the northern headquarters for Channel 4

The wider project team for the Harrogate scheme also includes Richard Boothroyd & Associates Ltd, Topping Engineers and HG Consulting Engineers.

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