They could be huge for the city, God knows we’d love ’em, but these plans are going nowhere fast.
We’re always hearing exciting new plans for the city, whether it’s a new opening, a new city centre park or a new development – but not all of them come to pass. So today we’re looking at three plans that haven’t happened yet – we haven’t quite ruled them out, but the longer we wait, the more we wonder if they’ll ever happen.
It should have been the latest landmark for Leeds after the opening of First Direct Arena and Trinity Leeds, but the Hilton Hotel on Woodhouse Lane hasn’t moved forward since developers GB Group went bust in March 2015. There’s been a lot of legal wrangling since, but no one is taking responsibility for the half-built 14 storey hotel. Not only has the original opening date been and gone, but the longer this goes on, the more likely it is that everything they’ve done so far will have been for nought.
The Floating Beer Garden
Calls Landing is already home to one of the best beer gardens in Leeds, with its spot alongside the River Aire, but back in 2016, they got our juices flowing by revealing tentative plans to open up a floating beer garden on the water itself. Stew and Oyster were looking at creating a pontoon connected to the bar by a staircase and small pier. Since then, it’s all gone quiet, maybe because Cal Architects, who drew up the original plans, have gone into administration. Fingers crossed this plan isn’t dead in the water.
This development on The Calls has been earmarked as one of the city’s major regeneration projects. The two old warehouses known as Warehouse Hill are a part of our industrial heritage – they opened in 1725, housing the city’s manufacturing produce, but by 1973 they were left empty. Unfortunately, they still are, despite various plans for their future being put forward. After years of neglect, it’s thought that the buildings are now becoming unstable – will they ever be given a new lease of life?