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Ian Simpson reveals vision for Leeds' South Bank

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A new £1billion vision for a World Trade Centre south of Leeds city centre has been unveiled by Ian Simpson Architects

The speculative scheme has been drawn up for One Leeds, a privately funded group looking to regenerate the so-called South Bank area around the former Tetley Brewery site at the gateway to the city.

The concept is the latest in a line of mega-proposals drawn up by the Manchester-based practice for Leeds city centre. To date, however, none have been realised.

In July 2008 Simpson’s 173-m high, twin-tower Lumiere scheme, which was set to become the tallest residential development in Europe, was shelved (AJ 10.07.08).

Just days later the practice’s Criterion Place - a planned twin 47- and 29-storey tower scheme in Sovereign Street - was kiboshed by Leeds City Council.

The One Leeds proposal would create 370,000m² of ‘world class mixed-use accommodation located in one of Western Europe’s most exciting undeveloped city districts.’

One Leeds masterplan

One Leeds masterplan

There are also plans for 1,000 flats, offices and 3,000 car parking spaces.

The area has already been looked at by the Leeds Sustainable Development Group which is hoping to bring forward a new pedestrian and cycle corridor between the city centre and the South Bank.

However the district has also been earmarked for a ‘cutting-edge railway station’ as part of the new London to Leeds High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link,

In July Arup, and Gehl Architects were appointed by Leeds City Council to draw up a masterplan for the redevelopment of the South Bank, including proposals for ‘a world-class arrival space and interchange’. 

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