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So not to sidetrack the other thread:

HOMES PLANS ARE ON TRACK
Bold move to open south side of station
By Paul Robinson
AMBITIOUS plans are being drawn up for multi-million pound improvements to Leeds City Station which could drive forward one of Yorkshire's biggest urban regeneration projects.
Transport bosses are considering a bid for Government funding to open up the railway station's south side overlooking Water Lane and the rest of Holbeck.
At present there is no direct access to the station from that part of the city, with the forbidding Dark Arches providing the quickest route for many travellers to the main entrance off City Square.
Under new proposals seen by the YEP, a high-capacity lift would be installed to whisk passengers from Granary Wharf to the station. An elevated walkway would link the lift with the station's main footbridge, while a separate ticket and information hall would also be put in place.
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Bosses at Metro, the body which co-ordinates public transport in West Yorkshire, could make an initial case for support for the scheme as early as this summer.
It is thought the changes would cost between £6m and £9m – but supporters of the project say it would give a priceless boost to efforts to breathe fresh life into Leeds's former industrial heartland.
Civic leaders want to transform Holbeck's old mills and factories into an urban village packed with classy residential complexes and modern businesses.
And they know that providing better access to the county's rail network will play a key role in persuading people to live and work in the new-look community.
Leeds City Council leader Andrew Carter told the YEP: "It's still early days, but these are promising plans which underline this city's commitment to finding innovative ways of improving its public transport."
High-profile projects in Holbeck which could benefit from the station revamp include the Bridgewater Place skyscraper and entrepreneur Jan Fletcher's City One development, a mix of 700 flats, a hotel, casino and shops.
Property tycoon Kevin Linfoot has also chosen the area for his new Manor Mills residential scheme – which, it was revealed today, has secured the services of celebrated French designer Philippe Starck.
In addition, land near Holbeck's Sweet Street has been earmarked as a potential location for a Leeds entertainment arena.
The station proposals are scheduled for inclusion in West Yorkshire's soon-to-be completed local transport plan (LTP), which will set out the key ideas the county is expected to seek funding for over the next five years.
Although the city's initial approach for financial support is likely to be made to the Government, the private sector and Network Rail could also be asked to contribute.
The upgrade is among a number of initiatives identified in the draft LTP as crucial to Leeds's attempts to bounce back from the collapse of its Supertram plans. Others include the introduction of a state-of-the-art bus network and a new park and ride site at Stourton.
Leeds City Station has already undergone one radical facelift in recent times. The £245m refurbishment of its interior – which included four extra platforms, a new signalling system and a glazed roof – was completed in 2002.
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I strongly support this and I don't really see why anyone wouldn't. I think the major thing is though, is that why wasn't it done as part of the £245m rebuilding of the station... But anyway it wasn't so not much point asking that- it is certainly a plan that is feasible and makes complete sense- already there is a collection of offices south of the station, and by the time this gets constructed Bridgewater Place will be open and possibly more major developments and almost definetley more occupied offices.
 

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I agree, though also it bugs me that they revamped the ENTIRE station but left the worst and most noticable bit (the main entrance hall). The ceiling and floor in there are awful!!
 

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I REALLY hope this goes ahead, it would open up the south so well, the train station will feel so much bigger and more dominating, instead of the 2 small entrances near wellington street and the 'main' entrance, which is just tacky and in some places deserted... are there any plans for the empty units outside the main entrance btw? Lets face it the Leeds station compared to others is abit shite.. A new one in the south, along with (hopefully) a new stadium, a few more office highrises, more shops and apartments... it'll be like have a new CC in the south.

I back this idea 100%, cant really think of any bad points to it.
 

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It;s long overdue. When I was back at the weekend, I was wondering how so much investment has been put in to Leeds, yet the porch of the city, if you like, continues to look much as it did in the 1980s.

And it could be like this, at least...

 

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Well the actual platforms area is fine- the main area needing seeing to is the south concourse. A new floor could be added or just heightened to double height for alot more light and more retail and.or office space.
 

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I agree. The main area of the station is really good in my opinion. The entrance and retail area however is very poor, apart from the part which has McDonalds in.
 

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I'd love to see a redevelopment of the entrance area at the same time as a demolition/rebuild of City House. If there was a glass roof like the one below, with an Ian Simpson tower up above, that would be awesome, especcially now that it's possible to see a glimpse of the front of Bridgewater Place as you approach the station from City Square.



I'd also love to see more towers rising up from the ends of long street vistas. For example, in a few years time, when you look down Park Street, you'll be able to see Spiracle at the end of it.

 

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The Wellington Quarter is quite nice although could do with more filled retail units. Its the roof that's bad on the south concourse; a glass roof would be a fine addition. There is so much flat unused space on the roof of the station too- more offices, retail, roof garden or parking?
 

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di Livio said:
I'd love to see a redevelopment of the entrance area at the same time as a demolition/rebuild of City House. If there was a glass roof like the one below, with an Ian Simpson tower up above, that would be awesome, especcially now that it's possible to see a glimpse of the front of Bridgewater Place as you approach the station from City Square.

nice! good thinking!
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A landmark tower to replace the embarrasing (and filthy) City House is indeed a good idea, would be right smack in the middle of CP, Venture or rather leimure (or w/e the hell they calling it) and BWP, it would make for a great dense area.
 

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Lumiere :) You dont speak french do you heh. It alreayd is quite a dense area... I don't know how it could easily be replaced- a major remodelling is more likely, isn't it? In a similar method to how West Central was remodelled. New extensions and shapes can effectively create a new tower and use the space more efficently. It can't be demolished easily because it would have to be taken apart bit by bit so it didnt smash through the station or whatever... Not many city centre towers do get demolished in Leeds- infact do any? It's easier and cheaper to reclad.
 

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replace was the wrong word, I didnt mean they should demolish it, I know that would take alot of time and care, I just meant a different building would be better instead of CH.

As for my french.. well some of my family is french, sadly I dont speak a word of it... couldnt care less though :D
 

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There is absolutely no reason why city house couldnt be demolished if someone wanted to enough. Far more complex, unsteady structures have been demolished. Yes, care would need to be taken, but thats why demolitions are skilled undertakings.
 

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When i was in Leeds recently, the train dropped passengers off facing the Criterion Site. City House towered above the concourse to the right. My point being that it's in a good enough position to doing something very special, especcially for views down Little Neville Street. I'm not sure a re-clad would do enough to diminish the blocky effect of the structure.
 

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Having been moribund for ages, it looks as though there's movement on the proposals for the station's south side as reported by Leeds No 1.

From today's YEP:


Leeds station £16m revamp plans move closer

By Paul Robinson


A MAJOR revamp for Leeds City Station has taken a £5m step foward.
Plans to open up the rail station's south side overlooking Water Lane and the rest of Holbeck have been in the pipeline for more than two years. But the YEP understands that Network Rail has now provisionally agreed to meet £5m of the £16m cost.

Today it also emerged that the plans are due to go before the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly's regional transport board at the end of next week. Support from the transport board would significantly improve the project's chances of securing the remaining £11m it needs from central government.

At present there is no direct access to the station from Holbeck, with the forbidding Dark Arches providing the quickest route to the main entrance off City Square. Under current proposals, however, a high-capacity lift would be installed to whisk passengers from Granary Wharf up to the station.

An elevated walkway would connect the lift to the station's main footbridge, while a separate ticket and information hall would also be put in place. If all goes according to plan, then work is expected to start on site by 2011.

The proposals are being spearheaded by West Yorkshire's passenger transport authority, Metro. Director general Kieran Preston says giving commuters direct access to flagship developments like Bridgewater Place would be a "key element" of the drive to regenerate the area to the south of the city centre.
 

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is anything going to be done to sort out that dreadful pavement walk from the main entrance to City Square?

Oh, and City House is here to stay - it's being refurbished by Kenmore for summer 2009, as the YEP said on the 19th.
 

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The main hall also needs a bit of attention. Simply laying a new floor, getting rid of the adverts and unifying the shop fronts would work wonders.
 
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