Concept designs for the redevelopment of the former Brutalist Yorkshire Post HQ in Leeds have been submitted as part of an outline planning application
Sheppard Robson’s mixed-use vision for the 1.9 hectare site, between Wellington Street and the River Aire, centres around four main blocks ranging in height from eight to 16 storeys.
Applicant YP Real Estate is seeking outline approval 200 apartments, 40,000m2 of office space, a 16,550m2 hotel and 4,050m2 of retail space at the site.
Sheppard Robson partner Tony O’Brien said the proposals would bring back life to a gateway site for Leeds city centre, following the demolition of John Madin’s Brutalist news centre.
‘We have developed the scheme to limit vehicular access, enabling over 40 per cent of the site to be given over to public realm, which is surrounded by active ground floor uses, and the river,’ he said.
‘The scheme works within the existing site constraints and looks to increase connectivity back to the city centre and Leeds’ main line station via a series of developed strategic public routes.’