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Nick Brown submits plans for ‘Yorkshire’s tallest tower’


Nick Brown Architects has submitted plans for a 46-storey residential tower in Leeds that the practice claims will be Yorkshire’s tallest

The Leeds-based studio handed in proposals to the local authority last week for the 112m-high Two Springwell Gardens project in its home city.

Designed for local developer Citylife, the £175 million scheme just west of Leeds station would create 604 flats as well as 279m² of commercial space.

It would be located on the corner of Springwell Road and Whitehall Road, close to Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ South Bank scheme, which will feature its own 40-storey housing tower.

Other skyscrapers in Leeds include Aedas’s existing 32-level Bridgewater Place Tower and BDP’s proposed 33-storey mixed-use ‘giant clamp’ which is currently being redesigned and has yet to be submitted.

Nick Brown’s proposed scheme is next to Citylife’s under-construction 16-storey One Springwell Gardens residential scheme.

Floor plans 2 20 nick brown two springwell gardens

Plans for floors 2-20.

Typical plans - floors 2-20

The practice said Two Springwell Gardens had been designed to incorporate vertical communal gardens within the building.

’The vertical gardens not only create visual interest but also provide other benefits to the development and its residents, including an improved sense of wellbeing,’ said planning documents.

’The sky gardens will also create an enhanced sense of community within the development, as they will provide an idyllic setting for residents to meet and relax with one another.’

Citylife director Antony Georgallis said: ‘Two Springwell Gardens has a bold visual identity, thanks to a distinctive sail-like façade. By being brave with our design, if planning is granted, we will contribute towards a new skyline for the city.

‘In addition, we will deliver vertical sky gardens, high-specification apartments, and private roof terraces and courtyards, which will combine to deliver a powerful sense of place and community.’

Site plan nick brown two springwell gardens with key

Site plan nick brown two springwell gardens with key



Readers' comments (4)

  • Love a 'new Yorkshire's tallest' story. That floorplan though!! 16 flats off an internal lobby with no natural light. No private amenity space. And those corridors to the flats! Surely Yorkshire's tallest should be a symbol of the region's generosity and aspirations, not reaffirming its less flattering stereotype?

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  • Industry Professional

    Towers look really great; Leeds going from strength to strength. Can we please make sure the evacuation of disabled occupants is thought about early in consultation with residents groups; build a safer future

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  • Much talk of communal amenities, but the typical floor plan raises questions of the quality of the horizontal circulation - pokey corridors and absence of daylight - and of the fire escape strategy.
    Is that one stair adequate for a 46 storey tower with 16 flats (44 people) per floor?
    Post Grenfell, has the design of this building been adequately stress-tested for survivability?

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  • Very surprised to see a single stair 46 storey tower being proposed in 2020?
    Surely even a scissor stair could have been included as a minimum to help improve the fire escape provision. Something has to be learned from Grenfell and Architects have to take the lead on this. Also to squeeze in more flats they had to have the living rooms looking at each other over a narrow gap rather than out to the views!

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