Blacks Solicitors LLP has overseen and helped coordinate the purchase of Grade II-listed Hope Foundry on Mabgate in Leeds on behalf of Music and Arts Production (MAP) Charity.
Leeds-based MAP Charity offers BTEC qualifications in Creative Media and Art & Design, alongside Maths and English, to 11-16 year olds. Having already been MAP Charity’s headquarters for ten years, Blacks Solicitors helped complete the purchase of the 207-year-old Foundry following a two-year-long campaign.
The team at Blacks were chosen due to their reputation and recommendations from MAP Charity’s peer organisations and supporters. The team volunteered their time, providing ongoing support to help shape plans, prior to the commencement of the largest deal in the history of the charity.
Gaia Rosenberg Colorni, Project Manager and Independent Evaluator at MAP Charity, commented: “I would like to thank Beth and the rest of the team at Blacks for their support throughout the purchase. Their contributions have been invaluable and we’ve loved working with them. The team has put in so much time and effort, and gone above and beyond what we could have hoped for. We couldn’t be more grateful for the result of all their hard work.”
Beth Laidler, a Partner in the Commercial Property team at Blacks, added: “Supporting deals like this that benefit the local community is highly rewarding. It’s been a fantastic experience working with the team at MAP Charity and the hard work of everyone involved has really paid off.
“We are thrilled to see the Hope Foundry project become a reality and are looking forward to seeing how the building develops and the important part it will play in shaping the local community moving forward.”
Following the purchase, MAP Charity is fundraising to undertake a major refurbishment of Hope Foundry. It aims to transform the building into a place where everyone can access the creative arts – incorporating new creative studios, a community café and gallery spaces. The charity is urging the public to dig deep and support its campaign to both unlock the potential of the heritage site and create a new community asset with creativity at its heart.