As Leeds continues to grow, we look at the developments going up across the city right now.
There are new developments going up all over Leeds, but while you may have heard of one or two, the rest have probably slipped under your radar. So find out what’s going up in the city right now, from huge new office blocks to residential buildings, as we continue in our mission to become a city to be reckoned with.
City House, which is the towering building attached to Leeds Station, had become quite the eyesore, so developers Bruntwood decided to give it a makeover. They’ve stripped it back to the bare essentials, and will be building it back up with floor to ceiling windows that completely transform its look. Once finished, it will become home to over 100,000 square food of office space, with bright, airy rooms, tech-savvy meeting spaces and a roof garden.
City Square House is due to open by the end of 2017.
3 Wellington Place
The Wellington Place complex is coming together rather nicely. On the back of the completion of 5 and 6 Wellington Place in 2016, they’re now hard at work on 3. Featuring 110,000 square foot of state-of-the-art office space, spread across five storeys, MEPC’s latest building focuses on low-carbon consumption and high energy efficiency. It will have a roof garden, touch-down workspaces and a new restaurant, cafe and lounge.
3 Wellington Place is due to open by the end of 2017.
Another mid-20th century eyesore that has been stripped back to its core structure is Merrion House. They’ve ripped off the gaudy concrete panels, in order to re-clad and re-glaze it, giving the building a new, modern look. When it’s complete, the slick ten storey structure will once again be home to Leeds City Council workers, but now it will have even more space, allowing them to reduce the number of offices they have elsewhere.
Merrion House is due to open at the start of 2018.
One of the only completely new residential developments going up in Leeds right now is X1 Aire. The 12 storey building features 147 apartments, including five penthouses, and will boast an on-site gym and private car park. It takes its name from the location – it sits just across East Street from the River Aire, giving you a lovely riverside walk into the city centre in just 10 minutes.
X1 Aire is due to open in April 2017.
One Kirkstall Forge
On the back of the Kirkstall Forge Station opening in 2016, the first major office building at the new development is now being built. One Kirkstall Forge is an a seven storey build with 110,000 square foot of Grade A office space. It’s already been partially let out to Zenith and the site’s developers CEG, who are moving their headquarters to Leeds from Harrogate. This is the first step in a huge project at the site, which has been empty for 15 years. It will bring more than 1,000 homes and 400,000 square foot of retail, leisure and office space to Leeds in the coming years.
One Kirkstall Forge is due to open by the end of 2017.
To the west of the city centre, the former site of Charlie Browns Autocentre is being redeveloped into brand new student accommodation. Black Rock Real Estate and Ashcourt Group have begun building a 239-bed complex, which will make student life a doddle. This is going to premium accommodation, with a cinema, music room, gym, common room, cycle storage, parking and terraced outdoor courtyard. Student living wasn’t like this in our day.
Cavendish Street student flats are due to open in August 2017.
As part of a huge multi-million pound refurbishment of the Merrion Centre, the former Merrion Hotel has been given a new lease of life as an Ibis Styles. The dingy former block has been replaced with a sleek hotel that will better fit its surroundings. The 134 bed hotel sits right in the middle of the city, and will have the bonus of having the brand new Marco’s New York Italian on the ground floor.
Ibis Styles are due to open in spring 2017.
Nexus Innovation and Enterprise Centre
The University of Leeds is going through an extensive programme of renovation and investment at its city centre campus, and one of the landmark plans is the construction of the brand new Nexus Innovation and Enterprise Centre. It will be a six storey hub of research and innovation, bringing together people from the worlds of business and academia. It will also have space for a business incubator, an exhibition space, a business lounge, an 80 cover cafe, a 120-seat lecture theatre, four seminar spaces, 12 labs and 12 meeting rooms.
The Nexus Innovation and Enterprise Centre is due to open in summer 2018.