View Full Version : City centre north summary
June 9th, 2006, 12:34 PM
Everything around here is very close together, and sometimes unclear, I’ve constructed a nice pic using Google earth and paint;
some projects I know don’t know much of, but we can fill this in.
1: boreded by Calverley Street and Portland way- Leeds’s Mets new 20 storey education centre.
2: boarded by Portland way, Portland gate, the A660(Otley road?)
Leeds met's new Business School
3: The Plaza(is this here?)
4:total redevelopment of the Ventura building
6:student accommodation-stage 1 of the plaza
7:leeds's mets redevelopment of queens square
8:merrion centre re-cladding
9:demoloition of leeds met's 1950 high rise, this has(apparently) been sold of
June 9th, 2006, 12:37 PM
3, the Plaza, is in the red outline student accomodation phase one of the plaza. Its at the corner of the ring road/Clay Pit Lane, where it is black.
June 9th, 2006, 12:40 PM
argh immage size is buggered: fixed!
June 9th, 2006, 01:09 PM
Wow, I had no idea there were so many proposals/developments in a relatively small area. You've certainly impressed me!
Don't think the Brunswick Place site is quite as big as that but I'm not sure how many of the buildings along the southern edge are included. If the pic had included an extra couple of hundred metres to the north, the old BBC site would have qulaified for inclusion.
By the way, have you thought of doing something similar for the East Bank? That, too, has loads of activity proposed or on the go.
June 9th, 2006, 01:13 PM
yeah but i dont know where they are:P ill make a thrwad and put the pic on, then people can fill it it.
June 9th, 2006, 02:07 PM
There's certain to be big, and long overdue changes in this part of town.
I found these images a while back, showing what kind of architectural fabric could have been here had it not been for some utopian thinking in the mid-'60s.
Looking up Woodhouse Lane towards the site of (to the left) K2 and (to the right) the Merrion Centre.
Harewood Barracks. Site of the Metro University.
June 9th, 2006, 02:40 PM
Who's the Dude?
June 9th, 2006, 02:53 PM
Who's the Dude?
It's that well known Victorian, Alderman H.R. Marsden of Leeds. The statue is now in Woodhouse Square, across the footbridge from St. Georges church, and it looks as though someone has coloured in his substantial beard.
June 9th, 2006, 05:36 PM
Great job, Monsoon!
#3 - Ventura office in a nice old building, recently re-novated and even received some awards I think. So here to stay.
#5 - My guess that only a tower will stay. Had been re-clad recently, makes a decent inexpensive office place.
#8 - Our favourite. Property Weeks's archive (10.09.2004) states that
"Town Centre is proud of the 500,000 sq ft (46,374 sq m) Merrion Centre it bought in 1964. Providing cheap supermarket shopping at Morrisons for Leeds’ swelling student population, and basic but much-used shops such as baker Gregg’s and pharmacist Superdrug, the Merrion is, as Ziff says, ‘convenience shopping for a specific socio-economic group’.
‘We are looking at ways of redeveloping the Merrion Centre,’ he says. ‘But the problem is that it provides between a quarter and a third of our portfolio by value and income stream. We need to redevelop it but not hurt it financially.’
I did not realize MC is so big for TCS. With Eastgate coming up I think they will need every penny to invest into it. Another quote:
Town Centre now controls around one-third of the whole site and intends to retain as big a stake as possible.
So I'd think they will be using MC as a cash cow untill Eastgate is finished and add to a revenue stream. Then they might do something to MC (from re-clad to, hopefully, complete refurbishment) to celebrate it's Golden Jubilee.
June 9th, 2006, 08:14 PM
I think the Brunswick plan does not extend to the casino and certainly not to Tower North. That line could just be re-drawn straight behind that row of buildings (Yorkshire Bank, the Casino and Tower North). Nice thread by the way Monsoon, excellant work !
One more that could go on there is the Wade Lane residential tower, an independant 23 storey tower, although little has been heard about this project for some time now.
June 9th, 2006, 08:20 PM
Renovation of the civic theatre into the city museum too...
June 9th, 2006, 11:43 PM
I quite like the Yorkshire Bank building...I hope it will stay, with a bit of a clean tho....stinks of the "quality" side of Thatcher's Britain...brown fake marble...but thankfully not concrete...