At 142 metres, Two Springwell Gardens is set to knock Bridgewater Place off its pedestal and take the title of the tallest building in Yorkshire.
The latest development from Leeds-based developers Citylife will transform our skyline with a new 46-storey skyscraper. Nestled between MEPC’s Wellington Place and CEG’s £350 million Southbank development, it’s part of the city’s ongoing regeneration and will extend the centre outwards with a mix of residential and commercial space.
So what does 142 metres and 46-storeys get you? Well, the ground floor, as always, will be dedicated to retail and leisure space. It’s hard to imagine new restaurants opening right now, in the midst of a pandemic, but by the time this project is completed, we should (fingers crossed) be in recovery mode. There will be 301 square metres in total, and once filled, it will give people another reason to come to the south bank.
Beyond that, it’s flats, flats and more flats. There will be 604 in total, 41 of which will be allocated to affordable housing. It’s a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, with a splattering of three-beds for good measure (just 57 out of the whole development).
On the top two floors, four duplex apartments lead out onto private terraces with, no doubt, spectacular views, and throughout the building, at regular intervals, they’ve built communal gardens into the design. That’s right, there will be urban escapes on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd and even the 33rd floor – it’s an outdoors-indoors vibe with floor-to-ceiling windows that span three-floors and lush vegetation that makes you feel like you’ve stepped outside.
Two Springwell Gardens is the work of Leeds-based Nick Brown Architects. This £175 million development will sit alongside One Springwell Gardens, a smaller tower with 224 flats, also designed by Nick Brown Architects and already under construction.
“Two Springwell Gardens has a bold visual identity thanks to a distinctive sail-like façade,” Citylife Director, Antony Georgallis, told us. “By being brave with our design, if planning is granted, we will contribute towards a new skyline for the city. In addition, we will deliver vertical sky gardens, high specification apartments, private roof terraces and courtyards which will combine to deliver a powerful sense of place and community.”