These are the major developments that are going to change Leeds for the better in the coming years, so take a look at what’s going on.
There are loads of big developments pushing Leeds forward, but these five will have a transformational impact on the city. They’re game-changers that will help Leeds fulfil its enormous potential. From the new tallest building in Yorkshire to state-of-the-art hospital improvements that will transform healthcare in the city, they’re going to change Leeds for the better. Find out what’s in store…
The riverside community and park in Leeds city centre
Tetley’s Brewery was once a thriving hub of industry, now it’s set to become a buzzing community in the heart of the city centre. The £155 million development will create 850 new homes, 85,000 square metres of office space and 15,000 square metres of leisure space. There will be new hotels, pubs and restaurants too, but the best bit is the new five-acre city centre park that will stretch from the banks of the River Aire over to Crown Point. Not only will it be a place to relax and socialise, but it will also create a new events space for the city.
The skyline-changing complex with a greenway viaduct
The former Doncaster Monkbridge metalworks site is one of the most exciting mixed-use developments in Leeds. Five skyline-altering buildings, the tallest of which stands at 21 storeys, will add a staggering 357 new flats to the city centre, but it’s the new Leeds High Line that has us bouncing up and down like excited toddlers. The old railway viaduct will be transformed into an open air garden walkway 25 feet above the ground. It will stretch from the West End to the South Bank and the arches beneath will be turned into new leisure units.
The rebirth of Leeds General Infirmary
Two new hospitals will be built in Leeds over the next 10 years, as part of the Hospitals of the Future campaign to transform healthcare in the city. The first will expand the critical care services by adding new state-of-the-art theatres and introducing a high-tech radiology department. The second will be a dedicated children’s facility that will bring all of Leeds Teaching Hospital’s paediatric care into one purpose-built unit to create a dedicated space for children to receive the vital care they need.
A new state-of-the-art terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport
By 2023, Leeds will finally have an airport fitting of the fourth largest city region in the UK. Leeds Bradford Airport will have a new £150 million terminal building which will bring it right into the 21st century. Spread across 366,000 square foot, the new three-storey facility will increase passenger numbers from 4 to 7 million and reduce delays. It will be more sustainable and help them to hit the airport’s zero carbon emissions target.
The new tallest building in Yorkshire
Bridgewater Place has been the tallest building in Yorkshire since September 2005, but another Leeds tower will take that title by 2021. Altus House is a 38-storey skyscraper next to First Direct Arena. It will top out at 114 metres, a sneaky two metres taller than the current title holder. So what will it be used for? Student accommodation of course. Once complete, it will have 752 bedrooms alongside a raft of communal areas and the ground floor will be home to a series of retail and leisure units.