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BDP reveals plans for 33-storey ‘giant clamp’ in Leeds city centre

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BDP has revealed plans for a 33-storey mixed-use residential, hotel and co-working tower, shaped like a giant clamp, at the western gateway to Leeds city centre 

Parklane Group, the developer behind the £160 million project opposite the former Yorkshire Post site in Wellington Street, claims the ’stand-out’ and ’iconic’ building will compete with ’schemes with a national and international profile’.

The exact height of the 45,000m² proposed building is not yet known, but at 33 storeys it could challenge Aedas’s 32-storey Bridgewater Place for the title of Leeds’s tallest building.

Other schemes on the drawing board in the running for that crown include Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ 40-storey Globe Waterside tower, which was submitted for planning last year as part of a wider project on the city’s South Bank.

BDP’s building, dubbed INC Leeds, will provide a 198-room Aparthotel, 163 private rented sector flats, 200 co-living apartments, nearly 4,000m² of co-working space, a bar and restaurant, swimming pool, gym and shops.

Parklane Group director Naveen Ahmed said the ambitious proposal could be a ’city-defining development’, adding: ‘Our vision is formed around not only developing world-class facilities, but creating a lifestyle that fits the aspirations of the innovative and dynamic businesses and people in our city.

‘Our ambition is to create a stand-out building in the North of England, competing with schemes with a national and international profile. We want this landmark building to become an asset for the city, with accessible public space that enhances the community and offers premier facilities under one roof.’

The project will be one of those showcased at MIPIM as part of the Leeds City Region presence at the international property event in Cannes.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said it was ‘very encouraging to see a Leeds-based developer bringing forward such ambitious proposals to create a new gateway into the city centre’.

The timescale of the proposal is not yet known.

Project data

Location Leeds
Type of project Mixed-use and PRS development
Client The Parklane Group
Architect BDP
Total cost £160 million


Readers' comments (4)

  • For 'stand out' and 'iconic' read any strange shape to be different - in the absence of genuine architectural quality.

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  • Inc Leeds??? What has happened to our profession?

    Rob Craggs

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  • Architecture is not a toy making exercise !

    John Meagher

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  • Three negative comments so far. I'll make it four. One day we will run out of daft shapes.

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