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No. of floors - 10
Height -
Building type - Hotel & Office
Architect -
Location - Whitehall Road.
Current Status - approved

The office section will constitute 50,000 square feet of grade A office space while the Premier inn hotel will have 130 bedrooms plus a restaurant.


work on site is expected to start sometime in the second half of 2012.






I thought this development would need a separate thread as it's meant to get going very shortly.
 

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rain screen cladding?
Most of it will be ceramic rainscreen with polished off-white finish, with sections of polished light grey finish and smaller tiles. It could look acceptable and certainly better than cladding with huge sheets of anodised aluminium. The back will be zinc - what the eye don't see, the architect get's away with.
 

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It's more the client wanting to save money than the architect 'getting away with it'.
"That's great, but is there any way we can save even more money?"

Just as a matter of interest, how much more would it cost to use other cladding materials such as limestone or granite? What about brickwork? I've always like the dark brown bricks used on Echo and wondered why they aren't used more often.
 

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Saw a small piling rig (is that what it's called) and a generator on the land where the hotels is going to be built. Maybe this is going to commence soon. Although not the most inspiring building, it's gonna be good to see WR and WP build up in density

Update ^^
 

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Bad news. Something really has to be done about this end of the city. Really needs a couple of projects to kick start the regeneration of the west end we was told was coming. I agree about rental expectations. Rent should be lowered to attract businesses especially in these financial times, even the big boys wanna cut their spends. Lower rent, increase interest, increase business, increase construction, increase redevelopment. After a few years when the climate is better rent cud always be increased and if the company has been settled and established itself in Leeds after say 5 years its highly unlikely to move.
 

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http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/york...ace-voids-warns-tcs-chief.html?news_section=7

"...And despite a deal for a budget hotel and offices to be built on Whitehall Road in Leeds falling through, Mr Ziff is confident of progress at the site being made over the coming months."
Oh dear. Empty plot for many more decades imo. :eek:hno:

Certainly agree with LTC that more buildings really do need to be built up in what is supposedly the West End which has been a long time coming before coming to a complete halt as a result of the recession.
 

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Frankly I'd rather see a nice bit of turf there and Wellington Place developed instead, or the land to the west of No.1 Whitehall Riverside
 

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The way I see it is this area is ripe for development, it's just a matter of time. Might not be this year, maybe next - it'll happen though.
 

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So does this mean the gas mains diversion currently underway is a waste of time?

Not really related to this building but does anyone know why the footbridge over the river behind Whitehall Waterfront is closed?
 

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So does this mean the gas mains diversion currently underway is a waste of time?

Not really related to this building but does anyone know why the footbridge over the river behind Whitehall Waterfront is closed?
In answer to your 2nd question the canal towpath is being resurfaced from Granary Wharf all the way to Kirkstall Viaduct (to match the tarmac surface from Kirky Viaduct to Kirkstall Brewery). Therefore the towpath is shut until end of March and all access points, incl. this bridge will be blocked off until then. It'd probably make sense to finish some sections closest to town first but not sure how they go about these things.

I'm guessing the gas mains work is a long planned bit of utility upgrade so not really affected by this particular development alone.
 

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Bad news. Something really has to be done about this end of the city. Really needs a couple of projects to kick start the regeneration of the west end we was told was coming. I agree about rental expectations. Rent should be lowered to attract businesses especially in these financial times, even the big boys wanna cut their spends. Lower rent, increase interest, increase business, increase construction, increase redevelopment. After a few years when the climate is better rent cud always be increased and if the company has been settled and established itself in Leeds after say 5 years its highly unlikely to move.
It's not as simple as a question of rent. Rent is a lot cheaper in Barnsley - doesn't mean it is experiencing a flood of investing businesses moving there.
 

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It's not as simple as a question of rent. Rent is a lot cheaper in Barnsley - doesn't mean it is experiencing a flood of investing businesses moving there.
Yeah, I get that.. But you can't really compare Barnsley to Leeds. If Leeds is, as we're told so attractive to businesses with all the amenities and connections to London and [Insert further PR/Marketing talk] etc. along with a lack of Grade A office space and so many businesses lined up looking for space, then surely by lowering rent it will make Leeds an even more attractive proposition to businesses. Could even give us a major advantage over other major cities.

I don't pretend to know the ins and outs of lettings etc, but it just seems logical.
 

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http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents/s91338/Land at Whitehall Road Leeds 1.pdf

New application in for the plot, this time a hotel (still a Premier Inn) minus the office component, at 9 stories. Pre-app at next weeks city centre plans panel.

PROPOSAL

The proposal is for a 9 storey 128 bedroom hotel building on part of the site facing Whitehall Road that was subject of the 2011 hotel and office approval. The developer is seeking to develop a hotel only building, with the remainder of the site laid out as landscaping. The proposed revised building would be within the siting and height parameters of the existing approved scheme, and develop just over half of the original application plot boundary.

The building would employ a simple palette of materials to contrast with the nearby residential buildings built in the last 10 years, and to complement the No.1 Whitehall Riverside office building. The building would be clad in black anodised aluminium rain screen panels (similar to the nearby Leeds One office building on Whitehall Road) with deeply recessed windows, arranged in vertical slots along each elevation. Asymmetrical raked window reveals would be paired together, and expressed in a natural anodised aluminium finish, giving variety to the façade and balancing the visual relationship between the window elements and the main cladding material.

The hotel would incorporate restaurant and bar facilities at ground floor. The ground floor would be raised in order to meet flood risk requirements, and it would present an active full height glazed frontage to Whitehall Road. The building entrance would be located at the north east corner of the building, facing onto Whitehall Road and the pedestrian route to the riverside.

Two disabled parking bays and a car club parking bay would be located at the rear of the building, accessed from the service road to the south of the building.
 
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