A design-led build-to-rent scheme in Leeds

How Clippings helped architectural interior design studio Lister + Lister specify a high-end furniture package for Mustard Wharf, the latest build-to-rent development by Legal + General in Leeds.


Project summary

  • Procurement of a premium furniture and lighting package for 247 apartments and all amenity spaces
  • Clippings managed negotiations with all brands to source high-quality products within budget
  • We consolidated deliveries in our warehouse until building works were completed
  • Phased instalment on-site with Clippings project manager on location

A new residential district in central Leeds

Forming part of a wider regeneration initiative in central Leeds, Legal and General has built the build-to-rent development Mustard Wharf, located just a short walk away from the city’s train station and right next the quiet canal. The three apartment buildings contribute to a vibrant new quarter and targets urban renters with its design-led interiors. “There was a real hole in the urban fabric. It's been good to see it filled”, says Andrew Lister, co-founder of Lister+Lister. The studio developed the interiors scheme for the 218 flats and impressive amenity spaces, which include an impressive atrium for mingling and co-working, a private dining room and two roof gardens.

Lister + Lister designed a grand yet cosy shared residents lounge for the main building of Mustard Wharf. It features the Line Two Floor Lamp from Norr11, the beige Rest Studio sofas from Muuto and the moss green Sejour lounge chairs from Gubi.
"Not many people shared the ambition L&G and we had – Clippings did. You said: 'Let's do it'"
Andrew Lister, director and co-founder of Lister + Lister

Inspired by the historic industrial architecture of the city, the studio devised an interior concept defined by dark colours and contemporary furniture pieces, creating inviting spaces and flats with personality. The scheme balances clean lines with soft textures that make the interior feel cosy and fresh at once. 

“The development is spread across 3 buildings, maintaining the scale of the surrounding area”, Andrew points out. “Most of the amenity spaces are located in one block, so it was important that our design would draw residents from the two other buildings into that central space.”

In the dining area, the Soft Edge P10 Dining Chairs by Hay group around the round bistro table from UK manufacturer Ocee Design, which were all sourced through Clippings.

Working with Clippings made a high-end furniture scheme possible

Andrew had ordered furniture from Clippings for smaller retail projects before. For Mustard Wharf, his studio saw an advantage in using Clippings’ established partnerships with leading furniture producers in Europe. This enabled them to come up with an FF&E package comprising high-quality, long-lasting designs that would do the ambition and target clientele of the development justice. 

“When defining the furniture options, we wanted to push the envelope of what you can get with the set budget. When we brought this up with Clippings, they said: ‘yeah, let's do it.’ That was quite a defining moment. Not many people shared the ambition L&G and ourselves had – Clippings did.“

Lister+Lister could rely on the excellent relationships Clippings has built with its partner brands. ’“The dynamic between yourselves and the manufacturers allowed conversations to start and flower, which allowed us to get some pretty fantastic furniture, like a Hay sofa, in a rental block. That was pretty incredible”, says Andrew.

The flats come with the Co Lounge Chair from Danish brand Menu.

Getting the specification on point

Andrew’s team worked with Clippings to stay within budget and develop the specification in detail. Brands used in the amenity spaces and flats include premium manufacturers like Hem, Hay, Muuto, Menu, Gubi, &Tradition and Resident

“Clippings having such strong relationships with different manufacturers was great. I really felt like we were speaking to people who could make decisions. They came back to us saying: ‘You know, we can make packaging more efficient to ship more product in the same sized box.’ Your relationships with people were key for us.”

The comfy sofa is the Can model, next to it stands the Slit High Side Table; both are from Hay.

Clippings managed all post-order comms and installation

Once the order was placed, the Clippings projects managers handled all communications with the suppliers and kept an eye on production delays, saving Lister + Lister time and hassle. 

All parcels and pallets from the suppliers arrived at the Clippings warehouse. Due to the pandemic and lockdown, the completion of the site ran behind, but Clippings organised storage for all products until works on the buildings had finished. 

Once the site was ready, our project manager Inga travelled to Leeds to oversee the unpacking and installation.

“Clippings came to the table with some great products for the budget”, says Andrew.  “But then you also organise everything, from delivery to taking the rubbish away once the installation has completed.”

In the atrium, the tile floor is inspired by the brick walls of the historic industrial sites in the area. The industrial feeling is by the WM String lounge chairs from Menu. The large Hourglass planters are from Ferm Living.

The private dining room The Refectory features the Elefy dining chairs from &Tradition and the Fibre bar stools from Muuto.
Next to the bench stand the All Wood Rocket stools from Hem, accompanied by the Ahoy side table from Swedish label Mitab. All sourced through Clippings.
A show flat of the Mustard Wharf build-to-rent development in Leeds. The lozenge shaped NoNo coffee table is from Menu.

Images: Lister + Lister / Legal & General. Images 2,6,7,8 shot by Paul Karalius

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