Construction & Enterprise

Through our Social Enterprise, Elevate, we are bringing empty homes back into use, and creating training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities. And in partnership with GFS Community Enterprise, we are making the Old Fire Station in Gipton a vibrant place to be for tenants and the community.


Renovate, Innovate, Educate.

Elevate is a construction social enterprise that was established by GIPSIL in 2012 to oversee the renovation of local empty properties.  Elevate has evolved into an organisation that can offer expert services to partner organisations, from management to renovation and maintenance works.  We carry out three areas of work:

Renovation (Empty Homes)

Renovating long term empty properties, many of which are dilapidated, using sustainably sourced, local materials with the help of local employees, local contractors, local suppliers, local volunteers and GIPSIL Service Users.

Facilities Management & Property Maintenance

Providing a fully managed service to efficiently manage our clients’ facilities – prolonging the life of the building & the buildings equipment along with ensuring that the building is maintained in accordance with statutory obligations and good practice. Elevate designs a tailored package in partnership with the owner and/or occupier, ranging from a fully managed service to one off reactive visits. Elevate has a team of multi-skilled trades’ people carrying out cyclical maintenance and day-to-day repairs.

Project Management

Managing construction & renovation projects efficiently – from concept to completion – to ensure that the best possible financial and social value is achieved. We have an expert team that will deliver your project successfully.


You can find Elevate at the following links:

The Old Fire Station, Gipton

Through the great work of Leeds Community Foundation, supported by the family of the late Jimi Heselden, The Old Fire Station has been renovated into a fantastic multipurpose community hub. It provides a base for six local charities, along with rooms available to hire, a cookery school and a café for all of the community to enjoy! It’s a lasting legacy from Jimi to East Leeds.

Leeds Community Foundation has set up a new company, GFS Community Enterprise, to manage the Old Fire Station. GIPSIL and Elevate are working in partnership with the Community Enterprise to provide reception, bookings, caretaking and facilities management services.

Find out more about becoming a tenant, hiring space, and events and activities at the Old Fire Station here

Our Partners and Funders