These developments are helping to breathe new life into three prime city centre locations…
The developments that cause the biggest stir are the ones that breathe new life into buildings that have long been forgotten. And that’s certainly the case with these transformational schemes in Leeds. They will have a huge impact on the city by fusing past and present, giving you even more reasons to be proud to call Leeds home. Find out what’s happening.
There are two massive projects underway at Temple Works. Owners CEG have taken a responsible approach to restoring the complex and fulfilling its potential. First, they’re refurbishing Draper’s Yard, the old Kay’s Catalogues warehouse, and turning it into a state-of-the-art office space complete with its own leisure facilities, then they’re going to set to work on Temple Works. Plans are afoot to transform the original Grade-I Victorian flax mill into the Northern HQ of the British Library.
New Briggate has been awarded £1.3 million from the High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme. Why? To give the area a much-needed makeover, so it can live up to its potential. A large chunk of the money will be spent on giving iconic buildings like Leeds Grand Theatre, Grand Arcade and St John’s Church a bit of overdue TLC, so they’re fit for the future. That’s not all – money has been allocated to to improving energy efficiency and commissioning local artists to transform how the area looks.
Northern Civic Quarter
When Leeds City Council moved to new offices at Merrion House in 2018, Idé Real Estate saw an opportunity. They bought three Council buildings near Millennium Square to breathe new life into the area. The former City of Leeds School building is being turned into a new hotel with a second to follow on its former car park. Further down Rossington Street, the Leonardo and Thoresby Buildings will become interlinked site to create 53,000 square foot of office and leisure space.