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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:04 PM   #1
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Venture Tower becomes a 52 storey monster with 27 storey baby!

Can't miss this one in tonights YEP-


Talks are underway over plans for a multi million pound development in the heart of Leeds which will be developed by KW Linfoot which includes a skyscraper taller than Blackpool Tower.

Centrepiece of the scheme proposed for the Royal Mail site in Wellington Street is a 52 storey tower likely to soar well over 500 feet.

Along with the 52 storey tower which will front Whitehall Street, a two storey podium will link to a 27 storey tower which will front Wellington Street.

A full report to the council will be presented on Thursday before a full planning application is submitted.

The YEP goes on to say that this is the latest in a series of proposals which promises to dramatically change Leeds skyline.

Bridgewater Place is being constucted at the junction of Victoria Road, and Water Lane at 377 ft tall will be Leeds tallest building.

Criterion Place proposal will soar to 47 storeys, and Doncasters engineering factory site in Whitehall Road and land opposite in Globe Road are earmarked for developments which boast buildings as high as 31 storeys and 38 storeys."



Fantastic news, Venture up from 40 storeys to 52, and another skycraper of 27 storeys to add to the long list of skyscraper proposals which have been put forward in Leeds.

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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:06 PM   #2
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any pictures?
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:10 PM   #3
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Bloody hell... with that number of floors, the minimum you can expect is 150m.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:22 PM   #4
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Can't miss this one in tonights YEP-
is that all you can give us Skychaser! Come on! If anybody has seen a copy and has the details, spill it! We need a pick me up news story following the past 2 weeks.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:23 PM   #5
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Bloody hell... with that number of floors, the minimum you can expect is 150m.
by the way, bad luck on the post count will. 150m, hmmmm tasty, with Criterion at 160m interesting times could be had.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:26 PM   #6
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is that all you can give us Skychaser! Come on! If anybody has seen a copy and has the details, spill it! We need a pick me up news story following the past 2 weeks.
The Yep does not say a lot more, or show pictures at this stage- but when this proposal is discussed by the council on Thursday, I bet the YEP will feature more details on THurs or Friday. I will make sure I get them.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:31 PM   #7
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is that all you can give us Skychaser! Come on! If anybody has seen a copy and has the details, spill it! We need a pick me up news story following the past 2 weeks.
ah yes, fandabbydosy. The blimp was indeed for the 52 storey tower - shame we've lost the photos as they showed how amazingly high it could be. Two towers on the site, ....... this is West Central and the open site in the foreground used to be the podium block of the Royal Mail building. Its not a huge site, but hey, two towers, fair do's.


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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:34 PM   #8
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I can't wait to see renderings of this. There is so much development going on in that part of the city centre. What a view we could have looking down Wellington Street in a few years.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:44 PM   #9
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Sounds impressive.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #10
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52 storeys - that can't be far off 600 feet!!!
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #11
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Wow this is pretty interesting - so this tower would be around 177m tall?

Does anyone know the reason behind 12 storey height increase? Is a skyscraper race starting up within the city or is this something more to do with Manchester or simply because there is the demand for this tower.

The more interesting point though is that 5 UK cities have towers above 150m either u/c, approved or proposed:

London - Bishopsgate Tower -307m
Manchester - Eastgate Tower - 188m
Leeds - Venture Tower - 177m
Birmingham - Alpha Central Tower - 175m
Liverpool - Brunswick Quay - 166m


No other European country has this mass-development of high skyscrapers compared to the UK
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Old July 19th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #12
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I reckon 160m-170m is most likely. Massive.
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London - Bishopsgate Tower -307m
Manchester - Eastgate Tower - 188m
Leeds - Venture Tower - 177m
Birmingham - Arena Central Tower - 175m
Liverpool - Brunswick Quay - 166m

Take the Birmingham one out of that above list if you will. It ain't happening now at this rate. It's all but dead and buried. As indeed are any possible future plans for ANY skyscrapers above 120m tall in the city for at least the next 20 years. Seriously, forget that crummy Brummy has any aspirations for tall landmark structures anymore. It's a dead horse that has already been flogged for too long.

Low- and mid-rises are forever where it's at for the former second city of the UK now.

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almost sounds like there could be a bit of skyscarper race between scum... sorry manchester and Leeds
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Well, that figures, seeing as UK second city status IS currently being hard-fought between Manchester and Leeds.....
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Old July 19th, 2005, 03:01 AM   #16
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leeds uk's 2nd city? Just because birmighams got no skyscrapers goin', doesn't mean it's lost its title.
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leeds uk's 2nd city? Just because birmighams got no skyscrapers goin', doesn't mean it's lost its title.
Precisely. That happened 3 years ago.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 08:22 AM   #18
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Wow this is pretty interesting - so this tower would be around 177m tall?

Does anyone know the reason behind 12 storey height increase? Is a skyscraper race starting up within the city or is this something more to do with Manchester or simply because there is the demand for this tower.

The more interesting point though is that 5 UK cities have towers above 150m either u/c, approved or proposed:

London - Bishopsgate Tower -307m
Manchester - Eastgate Tower - 188m
Leeds - Venture Tower - 177m
Birmingham - Alpha Central Tower - 175m
Liverpool - Brunswick Quay - 166m


No other European country has this mass-development of high skyscrapers compared to the UK


Don't forget the Criterion Place Tower- 47 storeys and 157 m tall. We now have 2 monsters on the cards in Leeds
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I can't see this one happening personally. It's a small site very close to the city centre, and if the design doesn't measure up it could be a monumental eyesore.

I'd like to be proved wrong though.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 10:14 AM   #20
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I can see this happenng, although its a good few years away yet. I think as the other skyscrapers go up we will be able to see scope for this project. It should become quite a dense skyscraper district if all these go ahead. It is close to the city centre, but to keep Leeds as compact as it is, but satisfy the demand, we need to build up, and this will provide prime office, retail, residential or whatever else it might be, space.
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