thechubbyone wrote:Apparently it's only the roof that's fucked beyond repair so hopefully they can sort it. That said, it's been refurbished and empty for bloody ages without anyone doing anything with it.
Anyone not think this was an insurance job?
Well, that's the thing, why would the landlord bother paying to sort the roof out when they can't even find a tenant? Might they not just do something to prevent water damage, possibly, and then leave it as a city centre eyesore?
But yeah, insurance and convenience occurred to me too.
It's own by Rushbond, and their track record with looking after listed buildings is pretty excellent. An insurance job just isn't their style. Couple of recent Leeds projects are the Algernon Firth building
and conversion of the Alf Cooke printworks
into a college, both complicated and expensive heritage projects.
They actually spent a lot of money restoring the exterior of the Majestic so that it has basically been ready for a couple of years for an occupier to come along, finish off the interior and open up. Just when the leisure market in Leeds is starting to pick up would seem an odd time to burn it down.
I spent ages watching it burn last night. The major part of the fire seemed to be in the roof above the plant rooms to the back/west, which says electrical/other fault to me.