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CJCT wins approval for Leeds 'High Line' homes

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Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher (CJCT) has won unanimous approval for a £92 million housing scheme in Leeds featuring a High Line-style park 

The practice, which won the job following an invited competition last year, has drawn up plans for five blocks ranging from 12 to 21 storeys next to an abandoned Grade II-listed viaduct (built in 1846 by Thomas Grainger).

This huge stone structure running through the 1.7ha Monk Bridge site west of Leeds City Station will be transformed into a public park with its 18 arches developed into ‘a new night-time destination of bars and restaurants’.

As well creating 307 private rented sector (PRS) flats in three dedicated blocks, the scheme for Alpha Real Trust also includes outline consent for a further 300 apartments for private sale.

According to the practice, the design features a ‘simple gridded brickwork, recessed brick panels and windows, black metal work and a dark salt glazed ceramic clad lower level’.

This scheme will firmly mark Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher as being back in Leeds

CJCT director Tim Tolcher said: ‘Our work here has led to one of the most exciting projects in the city, and we have embraced the potential of the site, the context and the brief to deliver a scheme that is already on track to start in the late summer, and will firmly mark Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher as being back in Leeds.’

Work is expected to start in August this year.

Project data

Location Leeds City Centre, Whitehall Road Former Doncaster Steel Works site and Monskbridge Viaduct
Type of project Build to Rent and Private Apartments
Client Alpha Real Trust (the site owner and fund) + Foundation (the developer)
Architect Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher
Quantity surveyor Gardiner + Theobald
Landscape architect Ares
Planning consultant ID planning
Heritage planning consultant Turley
Structural engineer Roscoes
M&E consultant Buro Happold
Principal designer Lendlease
Lighting consultant Buro Happold
Main contractor Sir Robert Mclpine
Funding Alpha Real Trust (the site owner and fund)
Tender date Negotiated through PCSA with SRM (Jan 2017-July 2017)
Start on site date August 2017
Completion date August 2019
Contract duration 24 months (phase I)
Gross internal floor area circa 51,000m² (including commercial space)
Form of contract and/or procurement Negotiated
Total cost £92 million

Aj plans viaduct level

Aj plans viaduct level

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  • Maybe the arrival of these relatively civilised high rise blocks will reduce the visual impact of the collection of incredibly naff high rise architectural trash in this area of Leeds - even worse than the stuff flanking the approach to London Waterloo..

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