Historic building 42 The Calls to get new lease of life with new investment

Historic building 42 The Calls to get new lease of life with new investment

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Author: Lee Perry

National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Leeds entrepreneur Simon Pollard on the multi-million pound acquisition of boutique Leeds hotel, 42 The Calls.

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Philip Goldsborough

The hotel entered administration in February 2018. Simon's vision is to reignite the brand, rebuild and develop a five-star luxury experience to surpass the expectations synonymous with 42 The Calls when it opened 27 years ago. Simon's multimillion pound investment will blend high-end contemporary suites into the footprint of the 18th century corn mill while ensuring the building's heritage is protected.

Simon said: "I am extremely excited about the future and huge potential of this hotel and look forward to creating something special in support of our long-standing customers. I am of firm belief that I have the ability to reset the vision while reigniting the fundamental, core values of 42 The Calls Hotel. This comes from having the right capability and balance of ambition to help rescue what has been a diminishing local brand in desperate need of significant investment for some years. I have the vision, foresight and renewed ambition to invest in what will be a very exciting venture.

"I plan to transform and redevelop 42 The Calls into breath-taking accommodation that will take the hotel back to its roots of being in the Premier League. Embracing the 18th century converted corn mill's unique setting, provenance and potential, I will promote 42 The Calls hotel into a luxury experience for the people of Leeds to enjoy. I believe my track record, drive and continuous enthusiasm will put it firmly back on the map as the best luxury hotel in Leeds."

The Shoosmiths team was led by corporate partner Philip Goldsborough, together with corporate colleagues Simon Procter and Sophie Davies and real estate partner Richard Bellamy.

Philip said: "We are delighted to have worked with Simon and his team on this transaction. Simon has an exciting vision for 42 The Calls and we wish him every success with the redevelopment and in delivering a top class luxury destination to Leeds."

The hotel's new website is www.42thecallshotel.com.