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Allies and Morrison's plans for Leeds Pool site clear first hurdle

Allies and Morrison, and not careyjones, will take forward the redevelopment of the soon-to-be-demolished Leeds International Pool site.

Yesterday (2 September) Leeds City Council approved revised plans submitted by HBG Properties as part of the sale agreement for the authority-owned city-centre site, which currently houses John Poulson's now-empty 1960s swimming baths.

Leeds-based careyjones was originally asked to draw up wider plans for the plot. However, HBG asked Allies and Morrison to take another look at the masterplan after the collapse of a proposed residential skyscraper at the heart of project.

Back in April, the AJ revealed that the 24-storey Spiracle tower designed by Make had been pulled due to financial jitters on the part of HBG’s then joint-venture partner, Fairbriar (AJ 24.04.08).

HBG, the authority’s preferred developer, went back to Leeds Council with a reworked project, arguing that variations in the plans were needed ‘due to the general decline of the global economy and the UK residential property market caused by the credit crunch’.

It is understood careyjones will now only work on one part of the phased development – believed to be a car-park building.

Once complete the scheme will provide 10,000m2 of offices, a 167-hotel, a car park, shops and a ‘low level’ café – which will effectively replace the Make skyscraper.

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