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Plans For Yorkshire’s Tallest Building Submitted
As part of a £350 million plan to redevelop a site on Leeds’ South Bank, Commercial estates Group (CEG) have proposed a 40 storey sky scraper, which would measure 136.5 metre tall if plans are approved. The South Bank site, which is currently derelict, has also had shops, office space and cafés proposed as parts of the redevelopment.
The South Bank re-development aims to double the size of Leeds City Centre, creating over 35,000 jobs and 4,00 new homes. It is also the planned site of the station for the HS2 service once this is up and running.
The current tallest building in Yorkshire is Bridgewater Place, also in Leeds at 112 metres tall. This building has had some controversy of its own, down to high winds which often occur around the structure. It’s said to be to blame for the death of Dr Edward Slaney after a lorry was blown over in March of 2011.
Last December, Leeds City Council stated that the developers were liable to pay costs for measures to reduce the wind speed around the base of the building, as currently roads surrounding the building have to be closed during high speed winds. The £900,000 bill will not only pay for wind calming measures, but also for the expense of regularly closing the roads around the building.
Undoubtedly, planning officers will approach these new plans with all necessary precautions and lessons learned to ensure this building is the right fit for the re-development site.