The city’s skyline is ever-changing, but these are the developments we’re buzzed about.
Right now, there are loads of developments going up across the city, but these three are the most exciting. One will have a transformational effect on the city’s transport system, one will bring a historic building back to life and one will take us towards a more sustainable future – but they’ll all change the city as we know it. Find out what’s in store…
In the 21st century, there are few more important issues than global warming, so the arrival of Citu’s Climate Innovation District is a massive marker for Leeds. It brings together cutting-edge technology and Scandinavian design to create the UK’s biggest sustainable urban community. And as the first homes built in Leeds city centre in over 90 years, it’s a truly ground-breaking project.
Innovation is key with Citu – each home is run on 100% renewable energy, using the state-of-the-art Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery System, timber frames and solar panels to help conserve and supply energy. But it’s not just the science that makes them stand out – they’ve created a real sense of place with 2 acres of landscaped green space, water jetties on the river and shared community gardens.
Leeds Train Station
The £161 million Leeds Integrated Station Master plan is well underway. They’re currently improving the New Station Street entrance and adding a new statement roof that will make it feel lighter and brighter. But that’s just the start, because that’s the first part of the wider plan to turn Leeds City Station into a world-class transport hub.
The new look station will bring together national, regional and local transport services including the HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail projects, which will see daily travellers double to 200,000 over the next decade. They will be adding a new platform in 2021, as well as two new footbridges that will connect to the new HS2 station and 3,000,000 square foot of new commercial developments around the station. You can see why we’re so excited about it.
Just across from the Train Station is another vitally important project. When fire ravaged The Majestic in September 2015, it pushed back the return of a cherished landmark that had been closed since 2008. But the wait is nearly over, as Rushbond will complete their £40 million redevelopment later this year.
They will restore the famous facade and build a 7-storey glass structure that rises up out of it with a statement 3-storey atrium. It will house 65,000 square foot of office space, as well as a series of new leisure, food and drink units on the ground floor – it’s no wonder Channel 4 want it to be their new National HQ. This is a milestone development for Leeds and one that will help to bring a Grade-II listed building back to life.