Harehills Middle School has been transformed into a multi-purpose unit catering for start-ups, established businesses and even features a restaurant serving African cuisine.
The landmark, grade II-listed Victorian building on Harehills Road was formerly known as Gipton Board School and Gipton Council School. The old school has been reborn as Shine – a building for start-ups, established businesses and the arts.
The school’s most lasting legacy is perhaps a passion for dance in Leeds. Nadine Senior was appointed Senior PE teacher at the school during the 1970s and her passion for dance made it an important part of the curriculum.
The school building first opened in 1897 and finally closed in the 1980s. There were even moves to demolish the building in 2000.
A magnet for vandals, and standing derelict in recent years, the building has undergone a transformation and opened during August 2008.
Tenants include the African Queen restaurant and the Asian Express newspaper. Described as ‘a spacious and stylish business and social hub’ the building also features conference facilities, a gym, secure parking as part of a £5m project.