Plans for the first-phase of Vastint’s Tetley Brewery project have now been approved, it’s full steam ahead for their new city centre park, which will be framed by homes, offices and two hotels.
There’s big news for the ongoing regeneration of the South Bank as plans for the first phase of the former Tetley Brewery site’s regeneration have been approved by Leeds City Council, subject to final sign-off from the Chief Planning Officer. The site’s owners Vastint, part of the Interogo Group, have the green light to transform this barren area into one of the most desirable places to live in the city centre.
Updated CGIs show that the plans centre around a brand new urban park that stretches from the River Aire into Holbeck. It will cover up to 5 acres in size, with The Tetley art gallery at its heart. City Park will be made of distinctive zones, pockets of character that come together to create a multi-faceted green space. Central Park, The Tetley Triangle and North Park will be the main areas, and they will be linked with paths and tree-lined streets.
The park is framed by a number of exciting new build developments, many of which will tower above the city’s skyline with buildings ranging from 13 to 119.7 metres – the biggest of which is set to become the tallest building in Leeds. The site includes the construction of 850 homes, which will consist of 85 studio, 230 one-bed, 365 two-bed and 170 three-bed apartments, 5% of which are set aside for affordable housing.
Alongside the housing provisions, they’re creating 85,000 square metres of employment space, which will include a dedicated capacity for creative industries, as well as 15,000 square metres for retail, cultural, educational, leisure, health and food and drink use. That’s topped off with room for two hotels with a maximum of 400 bedrooms, and one of the landmark hotels has already been pencilled in for the junction of Great Wilson Street and Meadow Lane. The site as a whole is expected to create up to 6,500 new jobs, giving the local economy a major boost.
Alas, this huge project will also mean the end for some of the existing buildings on the site. Tetley House (currently the home of Carlsberg UK), the former Tetley gatehouse and the ASDA MCE warehouse building will all be torn down to make way for a new era.
Andrew Cobden, Vastint UK Services’ Managing Director told us, “It has been less than two years since we bought the land and in that time we’ve been shaping a careful and considered masterplan that reflects the wishes of the council, other statutory stakeholders, the existing community, and local businesses. It will provide the South Bank neighbourhood a balance of living and working spaces, with all the activities to help it thrive and flourish, from homes, offices and hotels to retail and leisure facilities. Almost a third of the site will be a thoughtfully designed city park created for a diversity of uses.”
Leeds City Council’s vision was to inject new life into this part of the city centre, with a particular focus on creating new green spaces for everyone to enjoy, so the new development is a real collaboration, that meets their own objectives but also works towards the goals of the wider city, as Cobden explained, “We have been impressed with how the Council have embraced the regeneration of this large-scale, complex project and how hard they have worked with us to balance the needs of the local economy, the community and to prioritise placemaking.”
Now that the plans for Phase One have been boxed off, they will be followed in 2018 with an application for Phase Two, which covers the remaining land to the south of Crown Point Road. What they’ll do there remains to be seen, but if it’s anything like their plans for the Phase One, we can’t wait.