Joseph Stones House, St. Cecilia Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PA

Guide Price* : £20,000,000

Prime City Centre Student Accommodation Investment

  • Student investment
  • Let to Unite Integrated Solutions Plc with a guarantee from LDC (Holdings) Plc
  • 15.5 years unexpired (to August 2034)
  • Current income of £868,986 per annum
  • Annual uncapped RPI reviews with next review in September 2019
  • Sublease of teaching accommodation and a rare 80% Nomination Agreement with Leeds College of Music, providing further income security
  • Long Leasehold (circa 103 years unexpired) at a peppercorn
  • Potential net income of circa £1,200,000 per annum if directly let, providing a substantial reversion


Built in 2005, Joseph Stones House comprises a 14-storey purpose-built teaching and student residential block. The accommodation is arranged to provide teaching space on ground to third floors, with residential student flats above.

The accommodation provides 190 student units, all with en-suite facilities, clustered in 35 flats of three to seven bedrooms with communal kitchen and living spaces. There are an additional nine studio flats. The flats and communal areas are finished to a modern specification, including low energy lighting and wall mounted convection heaters.


Leeds is an established historic and cultural centre that has undergone a renaissance in recent years and has become a hub for media and creative businesses. This is mainly due to the large number of graduates specialising in creative courses within the city. Three of the five universities within Leeds have a specialism in the arts; including Media, Music and Fashion.

The city has seen some £4 billion invested in development projects in recent years, with a further £7 billion either planned or under construction. Furthermore, the city is undertaking a Cultural Investment Strategy, which includes entering a bid for European Capital of Culture 2023 and is aimed at emphasising the city’s heritage of innovation and creativity. Leeds is home to the longest running music hall in the country, City Varieties Music Hall, which has hosted the likes of Charlie Chaplin. The first moving film in the world was also created in Leeds in 1888.


Long leasehold from Leeds College of Music, for a term of 118 years and 2 days expiring on 20 August 2122 (approximately 103 years unexpired) at a peppercorn rent.


The property is underlet to Unite Integrated Solutions Plc for a term of circa 29 years from 3 September 2005 to 11 August 2034, leaving an unexpired term of approximately 15.5 years.

The lease is guaranteed by LDC (Holdings) Plc. The current rent of £868,985.71 per annum is subject to annual review on 1 September, geared to uncapped RPI uplifts. All reviews are upwards only.

Tenant Information

The Unite Group Plc is a FTSE 250 company. Founded in 1991, Unite has grown to become the UK’s leading developer and manager of purpose-built student accommodation, with over 125 properties across 22 UK cities and providing 50,000 beds to students each year.

Unite Integrated Solutions Plc have a Dun & Bradstreet rating of NI (Low-moderate risk).

Planning Authority

Leeds City Council


The property is elected for VAT and part exempt on the student residential element. We understand the sale can be treated as part Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC).


* Generally speaking Guide Prices are provided as an indication of each seller's minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for and may change at any time prior to the auction. Virtually every property will be offered subject to a Reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer cannot sell the property during the auction) which we expect will be set within the Guide Range or no more than 10% above a single figure Guide.

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