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Great news about a new development, as noted by jimbo and FLD.

Firm's £275m plan for city

By Steve Pain, Deputy Business Editor

Black Country-based Castlemore Securities - one of the UK's most successful private property developers and investors - has clinched a massive £275 million city centre regeneration scheme.

It has been named by Leeds City Council and Leeds Metropolitan University as its preferred developer for a prime 5.5-acre site.

Castlemore, supported by Spring, its specialist urban regeneration and residential development subsidiary, landed the council's nomination by submitting proposals for a high density mixed use complex which will see the development of a new quarter.

Bound by Merrion Way and Brunswick Terrace within the ring road, it is to be called Brunswick Place.

Comprising commercial and residential development, Castlemore's proposals incorporate over 601,000 sqft of offices and approximately 69,000 sqft of retail. It will also include 490 new homes, part of which will be within a new 30-storey landmark tower and over 850 public and private basement parking spaces.

Castlemore, based in Halesowen, is hoping to submit an application by the end of the year.

Development will be phased and estimated to take six years to complete.

Working alongside Birmingham-based Glenn Howells Architects, its appointed master planners, Castlemore is in partnership with the city council to develop a new cultural quarter for Leeds which will be incorporated into the design.

It is proposed that this space will offer a wide range of activities throughout the day and night focusing on a public area which will be called the Eye.

It has been designed to be an attractive and enjoyable place to eat and sit outdoors.

Castlemore says the development of the site offers a fantastic opportunity to regenerate a key part of Leeds city centre.

Spring's proposals will also provide a significant number of new homes and jobs.

Grahame Whateley, chairman of Castlemore, said: "Following Castlemore's win at West Bar in Sheffield in August last year, and the additional work we are already doing in Southall in West London and Temple Quay in Bristol, Castlemore and Spring are fast becoming major UK players in central urban mixed-use regeneration."

He added: "This latest success is an endorsement of our approach. We are establishing a stable of projects which promote high density, design-led proposals.

"Across the UK we are working in close partnership with a host of public and private organisations to build schemes which offer a comprehensive mix of uses within a quality public realm environment."

Brunswick Place follows Castlemore's successful bid in August last year to develop over 1 million sq ft of new mixed use space at West Bar in Sheffield city centre and its ongoing proposals to develop the 74 acre Southall Gasworks site, schemes which Spring is also working on. CBRE will act as agents on behalf of Castlemore for the site. The Leeds office of DTZ is acting on behalf of the vendors.
 

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This is a good find, AIRP!!!

It'll be good to see more on this proposal as the details begin to emerge. I have two initial questions though. Firstly, I wonder what will be in the cultural quarter the City Council is proposing. The site is close, but not that close, to the Grand Theatre, new City Museum, and the Carriageworks Theatre. Any hopes of an arts cinema, perhaps? Secondly, I wonder how much involvement the masterplanning architects Glenn Howells will have in the design of individual buildings within the scheme.

Looking at their website, they clearly work a good deal with Urban Splash (a good thing) and seem to produce some interesting work.

This one is a visitor centre in Windsor Great Park:



This one is a development in Bristol for Castlemore Securities, the developers of Brunswick Place:

 
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Beat me to it - Just read it on ICBirmingham and I got all excited, this is great news for you guys. Hopefully Glen Howells will do a major tower in Brum soon, all of his have always been rejected :( His work is always top notch.
 

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AlRP said:
Castlemore is in partnership with the city council to develop a new cultural quarter for Leeds which will be incorporated into the design.

It is proposed that this space will offer a wide range of activities throughout the day and night focusing on a public area which will be called the Eye.
Could this be related to the council's long-term plan to pedestrainise Clay Pit Lane (begins to stroke chin in a contemplative manner).
 

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di Livio said:
Could this be related to the council's long-term plan to pedestrainise Clay Pit Lane (begins to stroke chin in a contemplative manner).
I can't see how this could be feasible. Clay Pit Lane is a major radial artery.
 

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I've just seen the model for Brunswick place.
Basically, two tall yet narrow cylindrical towers flank either side of a central rectangular block that has a concave wall on one of its longer edges.

I can't say it blew me away, but it's much better than the existing structures and could look impressive with the right cladding. The towers look identical to the Lime Street design below.



Fred2 said:
I can't see how this could be feasible. Clay Pit Lane is a major radial artery.
You're right, I can't either. But it was mentioned in a council meeting a few years ago.
 

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got it! pretty big site too. although i dont think it includes the yorkshire bank building to the left of the site .(brown building)


Sorry if this it too big, why do we need another new cultural quarter?
although maybe we council feels we need a hole half :)
The site is almost half the size of clarnace dock (estimation) so it sounds like it going to be quite tall overall, and very good build quality.
Perhaps there will be some expensive feature init.
 

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Fred2 said:
I can't see how this could be feasible. Clay Pit Lane is a major radial artery.
I suppose it depends whether the proposal di Livio mentions is for the whole of Clay Pit Lane (which would, as you say, be unfeasible) or for the section between the old Ventura tower and Woodhouse Lane. This one, I suppose, might be possible though I can't quite see what would be gained by it.

However, di Livio always seems to have his finger on the pulse of what's going on in Leeds so it makes me think there may be something in it.
 

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I suppose they could divert traffic from clay pit lane towards Lovell park road and possibly towards New York road, there are allot of council houses around there which may well get demolished, 1960 councils estate.

The idea behind pedestriansing the road would be to create a small community; it would be like making a new village. There would be a good mix of people in the area, students, maybe moving people from the 1960's council estates to this area, and jobs for all people, which makes sense if you take into account how it would reduce traffic, because people would live near where they worked. This is the idea behind modern sustainable living in cities, although I can’t see any space for growing your own Veg, and from the limited info, doesn't sound like there going to put solar panels and wind turbines in. if they would I bet you they would be shouting it from the rooftops from the off.
 

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You could ask why anywhere needs new cultural quarters, or new offices, or apartment buildings. We don't 'need' anything, but it helps alot and is good to have them. A cinema or theatre could work well here as a compliment to the existing theatres and cinemas as opposed to a rival. Might help to bind the existing cultural quarters into one big one- could be like Leeds' equivalent of Leicester Sq.
 

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I go to university in that building. I think that every one in the building is moving out of it this year to the building across the road with the brown glazing. This is a temporary home for the foreseeable future. It has been rumored within the university that a new building will be designed to house the school of landscape and architecture but of course this is further down the line and nothing has been confirmed.
 

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Excellent news! I was walking past this site for 2 years, and it was just begging for re-development.

Few things though. I was just playing with the numbers, and they don’t add up. Merrion Way/Brunswick Terrace square is barely 1 acre. 5.5 acres would be the whole place from Merrion Way up to the Ring road. If this is the case and there was a slight mistake in an article, I will be most happy. But. Not long ago the site of a current Uni building and/or car park behind it was tendered and acquired by Opal Property Group – developer of student homes.

The question is, have they bought the rights back/did not complete the deal with Opal Group then? Clearly to build as much as they plan they need more space than currently occupied by Grosvenor Casino and Wetherspoons pub.

Anybody has information on this?
 

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JOliver said:
Excellent news! I was walking past this site for 2 years, and it was just begging for re-development.

Few things though. I was just playing with the numbers, and they don’t add up. Merrion Way/Brunswick Terrace square is barely 1 acre. 5.5 acres would be the whole place from Merrion Way up to the Ring road. If this is the case and there was a slight mistake in an article, I will be most happy. But. Not long ago the site of a current Uni building and/or car park behind it was tendered and acquired by Opal Property Group – developer of student homes.

The question is, have they bought the rights back/did not complete the deal with Opal Group then? Clearly to build as much as they plan they need more space than currently occupied by Grosvenor Casino and Wetherspoons pub.

Anybody has information on this?
aha, I see! CN was so vague with its new headline I errantly jumped to the assumption that it referred to the Leeds Met project behind the Civic Hall. This is much better news. The Brunswick Street / Merrion Way site is fairly massive I believe, the old Leeds Met buildings and a shed load of carparking which stretches from Claypit Lane right the way along to the proposed student accomodation at Wade Lane (I think).

Never heard of the architect, but aware of the reclad of Birmingham's Rotunda, so you learn something everyday.

Good work on the google earth Monsoon.

I've also heard of the plan to pedestrianise Claypit Lane, but will be buggered if I can remember where I heard it. Probably di Livio. Aha!

Perhaps Castlemore put in a higher counteroffer or bought the rights from Opal straight after they acquired them. Eitherway, a mixed use scheme is just what this site needs, not simply cheap student accomodation, something that will attract both shoppers and residents to this top end of town. It will also provide some continuity from the Civic Quarter around to the Harewood / Eastgate / Northern Quarter, with only a quick dash down past the registry office to bring you out on to North Street etc.

Excellent news.
 

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Monsoon said:
I suppose they could divert traffic from clay pit lane towards Lovell park road and possibly towards New York road, there are allot of council houses around there which may well get demolished, 1960 councils estate.
Not sure the residents of Little London would appreciate that. Forced repatriation of citizens for grandiose schemes is best left to the Chinese!
 

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Monsoon said:
I suppose they could divert traffic from clay pit lane towards Lovell park road and possibly towards New York road, there are allot of council houses around there which may well get demolished, 1960 councils estate.
Not sure if I get logic here... Clay Pit Lane is a major road into the City Centre, and will never get closed for traffic. And if so, where would you walk along it to? There is nothing in that direction at all. Well, Halifax office and Aspect 14 apartments, but hardly worth closing a dual road.

They did improve the pavements along it though recently, so maybe that’s what confused people?
 

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Why close Clay Pit Lane and leave that part of Woodhouse Lane open? How would traffic get out of the city centre to Headingley/Meanwood/Roundhay from that end of town - another (huge) loop? Please. no!
 

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This is the same Clay Pit Road that is a huge dual carriageway from Sheepscar Junction up to the ring road right? Why would we want to pedestrianise that, and how would it ever work anyway? Its almost a motorway...
 

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jimbo said:
Not sure the residents of Little London would appreciate that. Forced repatriation of citizens for grandiose schemes is best left to the Chinese!
Well what about these 1960's modernist developments, weren’t these the same, in principle, as what the Chinese do now?
We seem to be doing it again, with this row about little London.
It’s the same modernist principle; build from scratch new and "improved" buildings because we have to technology to make life better. When in fact what we should be doing is focusing on community, because we are social creatures, and the environment in which we live and destroy. I’m sorry but sustainability and skyscrapers don’t mix.
 
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