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Old October 3rd, 2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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'ONE LEEDS' - LEEDS, UK

Designed by the renowned Manchester architect, Ian Simpson - responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic architecture including Beetham Tower in Manchester and the renewal of Battersea Power Station in London - the 22-acre masterplan for a prime city centre site in Leeds, West Yorkshire will see an impressive collection of structures up to 50 storeys high built around a city park.

This £1billion project is one of the most significant urban developments the city will have ever witnessed in its 1300-year history. Comprising a state-of-the-art World Trade Center (WTC) exhibition and conference venue, up to 1000 apartments, 1million square feet of offices, 3000 car parking spaces, a uniquely inclusive leisure proposition, two hotels (four and five-star), essential community infrastructure and amenities, cafes, restaurants and retailers, the proposed development is ambitious, thorough and compelling.

Excellent transport infrastructure already links the site with the public and road transport network. In addition, Leeds' proposed New Generation Transport (NGT) route also passes the site; with a station due to be located directly adjacent, this new infrastructure is set to provide even further means of delivering occupiers, delegates, customers and visitors to the development.

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Ian Simpson reveals vision for Leeds' South Bank

A new £1billion vision for a World Trade Centre south of Leeds city centre has been unveiled by Ian Simpson Architects

The speculative scheme has been drawn up for One Leeds, a privately funded group looking to regenerate the so-called South Bank area around the former Tetley Brewery site at the gateway to the city.









The concept is the latest in a line of mega-proposals drawn up by the Manchester-based practice for Leeds city centre.

In July 2008 Simpson’s 173-m high, twin-tower Lumiere scheme, which was set to become the tallest residential development in Europe, was shelved (AJ 10.07.08).

Just days later the practice’s Criterion Place - a planned twin 47- and 29-storey tower scheme in Sovereign Street - was kiboshed by Leeds City Council.

The One Leeds proposal would create 370,000m² of ‘world class mixed-use accommodation located in one of Western Europe’s most exciting undeveloped city districts.’

One Leeds masterplan

There are also plans for 1,000 flats, offices and 3,000 car parking spaces.

The area has already been looked at by the Leeds Sustainable Development Group which is hoping to bring forward a new pedestrian and cycle corridor between the city centre and the South Bank.

However the district has also been earmarked for a ‘cutting-edge railway station’ as part of the new London to Leeds High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link,

In July Arup, and Gehl Architects were appointed by Leeds City Council to draw up a masterplan for the redevelopment of the South Bank, including proposals for ‘a world-class arrival space and interchange’.
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Would be wonderful if something like this could actually come to fruition in Leeds. Transport looks promising but what about finance and the councils attitude?
Do you know where this is? Is it near the Royal Armouries or in the North near the University?
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Would be wonderful if something like this could actually come to fruition in Leeds. Transport looks promising but what about finance and the councils attitude? Do you know where this is? Is it near the Royal Armouries or in the North near the University?
Indeed it would! Funnily enough, this is being proposed in partnership with the Council. Yes the transport links are great, and will be further boosted by the planned HS2 station that will be a mere stones throw away. It's on the former Tetley's Brewery site on the south bank of the River Aire, between Bridgewater Place and Clarence Dock (Royal Armouries).

I think with many of these ambitious projects planned for regional cities, it'll be a case of believing it when you see it. But that being said, the developers seems to want to get this going relatively promptly. There's definitely reason to be optimistic!
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I was last in Leeds in April and it certainly was vibrant then, stayed in the Hilton on Granary Wharf.
Indeed, so many regional city towers have been cancelled or are on hold, but if a 150m tower can happen anywhere then I'm sure Leeds is the place!
Have they demolished all the Tetley's brewery buildings yet? I'm sure I saw a Tetley's sign on a brick building but I was in a coach, it was dark, raining and I'd had a few drinks (not Tetley's!).
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The Tetley's main Art Deco building is now a museum and the rest has been knocked down and is being used as a car park until they decide to build something on the site.
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Leeds needs a development like this. I think if Leeds doesn't approve this then Ian Simpson and other major architects will give up on Leeds given that Criterion Place (kissing towers) was previously canceled. Manchester seems to be getting all the major developments at the moment such as the Owen street towers so Leeds has a lots of competition!!
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