The Majestic

We provided Rights of Light and Daylight & Sunlight advice for the conversion of the Majestic in Leeds, an iconic building in the heart of the city centre

This former 1920’s cinema provides the wow-factor to rail users visiting the city and is soon to be the new home to Channel 4.

The Majestic opened as a 2,400-seat super cinema in 1922. It was badly damaged by a fire in 2014 leaving a redundant shell and fragments of the Beaux-Arts style interior.

The proposed design drawn up by DLA Architects preserves and enhances the existing external fabric whilst inserting a new 66,000 sq.ft. exemplary Grade A workspace within, across seven floors.

Like the original design the building has a number of hidden gems for its occupants to discover. This includes the grand Palm Court to the rear of the building. This is a five storey, circular atrium topped with a glazed dome. Palm Court was designed as a re-interpretation of the historic access arrangement of the original cinema.


We provide advice on all aspects of Rights of Light , Daylight & Sunlight and Party Wall services to enable the redevelopment of the Majestic in Leeds to come to fruition and create a future landmark for the city.

Read our article on how we provide advice on all aspects of overriding Rights to Light. This article also looks into our previous work and the current situation of rights to light.

Client : City Square Developments

Architect : DLA Architects

Services : Rights of Light, Daylight & Sunlight, Party Walls

Sector : Commercial

Rights of Light Services

Initial Site Appraisal (Legal & Technical)

Strategic reporting

Transferred Rights to Light

Rights to Light negotiation & settlement

Rights to Light compensation

Rights to Light insurance

Scheme cutbacks or enhancements

Portfolio management

Laser Survey based full technical analysis

Maximum building envelopes

Expert Witness

Pre-Acquisition strategic advice

Further Guidance when appointing a Rights of Light Surveyor

For further information please see our Rights of Light Fact Sheet.

The Government also published a rights to light fact sheet as part of a review by the Law Commission.

With offices in LondonBirmingham, Bristol, CardiffManchesterNorwichPlymouth we are able to provide Rights of Light advice on projects all around the UK.


For the contact details of a surveyor local to you, see our BirminghamBristolManchesterNorwich Plymouth Surveyor details.

For advice on rights of light direct from one of our Manchester surveyors, please call our Rights of Light Enquiry Line on 0161 528 7690.

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  • Tony Leishman