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FCBS wins approval for super-tall £350m Leeds South Bank scheme

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Leeds City council has unanimously approved plans by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for its £350 million South Bank scheme, which includes proposals for the city’s tallest tower 

Developed by Commercial Estates Group (CEG), the project will overhaul a 3.52ha plot covering four sites in Holbeck to the south of the city centre.

The detailed plans cover two office blocks, providing 26,100m² of commercial and shopping space close to the front of the site (Globe Point, see below) next to the three listed Italianate campanile-style towers at Tower Works.

The outline plans, meanwhile, include an extra 103,900m² of offices, retail, leisure, hotel, health, education and community uses, parking and up to 750 new homes in buildings ranging in height from five to 40 storeys towards the rear of the development (Globe Waterside tower, Globe Square, Globe Arches and Beck Court).

Leeds’ current tallest building is Aedas’s troubled 32-storey Bridgewater Place Tower which has recently had baffles installed to counter wind tunnel effects at the base of the skyscraper.

FCBS’s 40-storey Globe Waterside residential tower is also expected to be higher than BDP’s 33-storey mixed-use ’giant clamp’ proposed for the western gateway to Leeds city centre which was revealed in February.

Alex Whitbread, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said he was ‘delighted’ by the ’strong degree of support’ for the project adding: ’It has been a pleasure to work with CEG, the wider team and the City over the past few years in developing a project that will be key to the regeneration of historic Holbeck and the future transformation of the city centre as a whole.’

Head of strategic development north for CEG David Hodgson, said: ’This derelict site is an important core in the west of the city, an area which has suffered from neglect over a number of years. This is set to change.

’At the heart of the South Bank regeneration area, our proposals will deliver the same attention to detail and quality as we are delivering at our award-winning Kirkstall Forge development. This will be an exciting mixed-use strategic development of a critical mass and international standard, revitalising the area and reconnecting local communities to the city.’

CEG is also behind the £400 million Kirkstall Forge masterplan to the west of the city centre, which will eventually provide 1,050 new homes, 28,000m² of office space and 9,300m² of leisure and retail space.

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