£150m plans unveiled for strategic regeneration site

Designs for a £150m mixed-use development in Leeds have gone before councillors.

The proposals were presented to Leeds City Council Plans Panel for a prime site in the South Bank regeneration area of Leeds city centre.

On behalf of Joint venture partnership Stamford Property Holdings and Shelborn Asset Management, which acquired the site adjacent to Bridgewater Place last year, DLA Architecture presented new designs for the four-acre site.

The land currently houses a three-storey call centre building with 117 car parking spaces.

The vision for “Westbank Leeds” is to deliver around 500,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation within four buildings alongside a luxury hotel with sky bar and further leisure space within the ground floor of the offices.

Jonathan Knowles, director at DLA Architecture, said: “The development will bring a high-end offer to this part of Leeds, supporting the newly created southern entry to the railway station and the emerging residential led development adjacent.

“The space will underpin the Holbeck regeneration project and create a rounded and well-balanced community.

“The proposed massing and scale of the buildings will sit very well with Bridgwater Place, but we must give careful consideration to the positioning of the leisure offers within the public spaces and ensure strong connectivity with the surrounding amenity.”

Uri Goldberg, managing director at Stamford Property Holdings, added: “With its proximity to Leeds Central Station and the extent of residential development in the immediate vicinity, our site will provide a critically needed, office led environment, based on the highest standards of sustainability and wellness, helping to reinforce Leeds’s pre-eminence in the North of England.”

A full planning application is expected to be made late summer 2022. Zerum is planning consultant on the project.