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Simpson in line for tallest tower in Leeds - images

Ian Simpson has submitted plans to build the tallest tower in Leeds.

The 52-storey residential skyscraper in Wellington Street is the centrepiece of the £225 million 'La Lumiere' development, which also features a 29-storey block and a new winter garden.

Due to go before CABE's design review panel next Wednesday, the scheme - formerly called the Westpoint project - has undergone a number of changes since it was first unveiled last year. These include alterations to the roofline and the bulk of the smaller block.

The AJ understands design guru Philippe Starck will be working on the interior styling of the towers, which will provide around 800 new homes.

Aimed at the over-55 market, the larger block is to house more than 600 apartments as well as retail space at ground level. The development will also offer 9,000m 2of office space.

The scheme is being backed through a joint venture between Scarborough Developments and KW Linfoot.

Richard Dean of KW Linfoot admitted the Simpson collaboration had been so successful that they were already looking for another site on which to build a similar high-rise scheme with the Manchester and London-based architect.

by Richard Waite

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