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Leeds Announces Developer For George Street Scheme
The George Street area of central Leeds is set to be redeveloped, with the city council recently announcing its development partner for the landmark project.
Following a meeting earlier in December, Leeds City Council decided to work alongside Town Centre Securities (TCS) to deliver the redevelopment that will reinvigorate an integral part of the city centre.
The development will be focused on the area between Kirkgate Market and the new Victoria Gate development, providing a gateway to this part of the city.
TCS won’t be working on the project alone – it is forming a partnership with the city council, which will see it retain a 50 per cent share in the development. The council will provide approximately £12.9 million in funding towards the project as well.
Under the proposals, the existing 1930s and 1980s buildings in this part of Leeds will be replaced by nine commercial units and a new apart-hotel. The aim is to make this a more upmarket part of Leeds and to encourage people to move between the market area and Victoria Gate.
Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said that this presents a “unique opportunity to revitalise an historic area of the city”.
“The existing buildings are outdated and out of proportion with the Grade I Listed market building and the Victoria Leeds development opposite,” he explained.
Councillor Lewis added that by replacing these properties with something that’s more in-keeping with the area, they will “encourage new visitors and enhance business for our market traders”.
TCS chairman and chief executive Edward Ziff said that one of the main aims of the development is to “build linkages with the adjacent Victoria Gate development”, adding that his firm will work closely with the council to achieve this.
According to the city council, the ground floor of the new development will have entrances on George Street and “form connections through to the former Butchers Row”. This will provide pedestrians with various points at which they can access the market.
It’s hoped that having an apart-hotel in this part of the city will encourage more visitors to come here and explore what Kirkgate has to offer.
The full planning application for the scheme is due to be submitted in 2018, with work expected to begin in 2019, when there will no doubt be a need for Leeds scaffolding companies to help with the development.
This is far from the only large-scale construction project being undertaken in Leeds over the coming year or two, with the remodel of Leeds train station moving closer. In November, the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan was released, detailing how the transport hub will be transformed.
New platforms, public spaces and even a new roof are all part of the plans, which will see the HS2 line link to Leeds, as well as transport links to other cities and towns that form part of the Northern Powerhouse.
In addition to the changes to the transport network and hub, the area around the station will be made available for commercial, residential and leisure developments, bringing yet more to the vibrant city centre.