Standard Leeds mentality. Simultaneously having incredibly high expectations about what "should" be happening in the city, and then a kind of self-loathing when those unrealistic expectations aren't realised.
It's a snowball effect. The city needs to grow in size and profile, which includes a lot of "only okay" development, before it gets to the position where genuinely impressive developments can occur.
If we're waiting for every development in Leeds to be 'iconic' then quite frankly these plots of land are going to remain undeveloped for years and years. No developer is going to build anything like Criterion Place in Leeds in the foreseeable future.
Honestly, I'd be a happy man if I never saw or heard the word 'iconic' again. Utterly meaningless word.
I think you need to get over something that was proposed 15 years ago and was never actually built. You could argue that Criterion Place was an extravagant folly that Leeds wasn't ready for, certainly not back then.If that’s the case why in past did we have such promising tall buildings in planning? With lumiere and criterion place? It was much smaller in size also. You can be creative in the design and shape of a building without huge costs. I’m not expecting the the shard. Just more creativity than a box with a slight octagonal shape either side. I’m not even wanting a full on glass building. Just more creativity
It’s not a stretch to say that the failure of Lumiere and to a lesser extent Criterion led to the current scenario in which the YEP-reading classes have been angrily sceptical to the point of aneurism about any high-rise development ever since.
I think you need to get over something that was proposed 15 years ago and was never actually built. You could argue that Criterion Place was an extravagant folly that Leeds wasn't ready for, certainly not back then.
Looks great.The planning application is in.
21/05142/FU | Hybrid application for full planning application for erection of one building for residential accommodation (Class C3) with two ground floor commercial units (Class E) and basement car parking; one building for student accommodation (Class Sui Generis); one building for hotel accommodation (Class C1) and co-working office accommodation (Class E); hard and soft landscaping; creation of a new public square; demolition and construction of new stairs and ramp access to existing pedestrian/cycle bridge; new pedestrian and vehicular access; external bike storage, substation, servicing; and modifications to existing vehicular, cycling, and pedestrian infrastructure. Outline planning application for erection of one building for office accommodation (Class E), including basement car parking, access, landscaping with all matters reserved for future consideration with exception of access. | Former Swimming Pool Site Lisbon Street Leeds LS1 4PHpublicaccess.leeds.gov.uk
I’m not hanging onto this past opportunities. I’m using them as examples. We were ready for lumiere. It got as far as piling as we all know
[/QU Lumiere was definitely going ahead. If it wasn't for things going tits up I think they would both be standing if the crash would have been 3 years later.