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Leeds Construction: What’s Going On Right Now
It looks like scaffolding companies in Leeds are going to be very busy over the coming months, with all sorts of projects going on in and around the city at the moment. Here’s a rundown of just some of the work that’s taking place in Leeds right now, or due to start over the next few months.
According to Construction Enquirer, CEG has just handed in a planning application for the residential phase of Kirkstall Forge. The site will include 23,000 sq ft of leisure, retail and community space, as well as 112 new family homes. It’s thought that construction could begin in the autumn.
Head of residential with CEG Jon Kenny was quoted as saying: “Kirkstall Forge is unique, it will deliver fresh, sustainable new ways of living and working amongst acres of green space in a wooded riverside setting. With contemporary housing, restaurants, cafes, a school, leisure space and light-filled offices, it will provide the vibrancy of city life as well as the tranquillity of the outdoors.”
Construction has just begun on the new £57 million Leeds City College development, due to open its doors in 2019. Insider Media notes that the project will take two years to complete and will be home to the college’s creative and digital arts, and health and social sciences departments.
Approximately £1 billion worth of local transport investment is expected to come Leeds’ way over the next decade. And plans are now afoot to transform Leeds Station into a “world-class gateway” ahead of HS2 and HS3, according to Construction News.
New concourse areas, extra platforms and additional retail space are top priorities for Leeds City Council, as the city readies itself to benefit from high-speed rail netowrks, the TransPennine route upgrade and the Great North Rail project being headed up by Network Rail.
At the start of June 2016, planners approved the application for a £55 million residential-led development at Granary Wharf in the city centre. Approximately 9,000 sq ft of offices, bars and restaurants will be created, as well as 250 homes, with work potentially starting on the car park site later on this year. It’s expected to be completed in 2018.
Chief executive of developer CTP David Topham said: “The South Bank is currently one of the most dynamic parts of Leeds, with the impending arrival of Burberry, the regeneration of Tower Works and the tremendous success of the groundbreaking Round Foundry.”
Planning application has been submitted for the new East Leeds Orbital Road, to help support construction of 5,000 new homes. A formal consultation is expected later on this year. This project will lead to new road infrastructure, green space, and pedestrian and cycling facilities to help support new home developments in Manston, Swarcliffe and Whinmoor.