August 2017

10 big plans for Leeds

Author: White Rose Office Park

Leeds has changed vastly throughout the years, and there’s plenty more to come with big plans to improve and develop the city further. Below we have listed the upcoming plans which will help to highlight Leeds as one of the business capitals of the UK.

1. Granary Wharf £55 million development

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With the southern entrance to Leeds Train Station now open, Granary Wharf is set to get another huge investment, as plans for a £55 million project have been approved. The plans will see the development of three new buildings around the Italianate towers of Tower Works on Water Lane, with 250 one, two and three-bed apartments, alongside 9,000 square foot of office and leisure space.

2. Leeds Town Hall £10.5 million renovation

Leeds Town Hall is in the process of receiving a £10.5 million renovation that will undertake necessary repairs to the roof, along with other major refurbishments that include creating an Assembly Room, revealing a hidden gallery between the ceiling and the upper floor to create a space that can hold up to 300 people. These plans should help to create more ways for the venue to make money, assisting to cover the future costs of upkeep.

3. HS2

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The new high-speed rail track which will connect the North of England to Birmingham and London, is set for completion in 2033. It will link to a new version of the current station, which is the busiest in Northern England. As plans for the South Bank move forward, HS2 will also have a huge role to play in attracting businesses and investment to Leeds.

4. Bridge Street’s six new towers

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The former British Gas building is being developed into a 182-bed hotel, plus plans for a phase two has also been mentioned which will see a total of 780 apartments across five new towers that range from 11 to 42 storeys. It would have an enormous impact on the city’s skyline as the tallest of the towers would surpass the height of Bridgewater Place.

5. Roundhay Park, Go Ape

Roundhay Park could soon be home to a Go Ape tree top adventure centre, giving locals the chance to try zip wires, swings and obstacles, all in one Leeds’ favourite parks, this will improve the leisure and entertainment offering of the already exciting city.

6. Retail and Hospitality Skills Centre

Senior councillors have backed a proposal to investigate a new Retail and Hospitality Skills Centre for Excellence, opening in Leeds. The purpose of the centre would be to capitalise on the improvements made in the sectors, thanks to projects such as the Trinity Centre. It will provide a city centre base to help businesses find and keep employees, as well as providing high-quality training for those looking for careers in retail and hospitality.

7. £300m Leeds Quarry Hill

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Developer Caddick wants to build a mixed use scheme in various phases. The latest version of Caddick’s Quarry Hill blueprint includes an increase in the number of total rental flats from 428 to 515 and an increase in the height of two proposed tower blocks from 14-storeys to 16 and 17 storeys.

8. Wade Lane’s new skyscraper

There are plans in the works for a new tower just across the road from First Direct Arena, which will sit on the site of the current Hume House. The design is 40 storeys of residential, student, and leisure space, clad in Yorkshire gritstone. At 126 metres, it will come in higher than Leeds’ current tallest building at Bridgewater Place.

9. Temple Quarter’s transformation

The South Bank’s transformation continues, with the new plans for the Temple Quarter. The proposed development will feature two massive towers, one that stands at 40 storeys and another at 25 storeys. They’ll feature a mix of office and residential space, becoming the next big step for the South Bank.

10. Tetley Brewery site

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Vastint has new plans for the Tetley Brewery site, the idea is to have thirteen buildings in total, ranging from 2 to 30 storeys, with space for, homes, offices and a hotel. They will also create new space for shops, gyms, restaurants and bars.

One of Leeds’ best qualities is its dedication to improvement, advancement and innovation. We hope to see large improvements throughout the years, further developing Leeds into a city where new businesses will continue to flourish.

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