SimpsonHaugh and Partners is moving full-steam ahead with its Leeds regeneration, after winning approval for a hotel and unveiling plans for the second phase
As part of phase one, the practice has received planning to convert a 12-storey 1960s office building into a 182-bed hotel in Bridge Street. The new hotel will feature a double-height foyer, bar and restaurant, as well as terracotta and aluminium cladding.
It will be nearby to ACME’s Victoria Gate retail development, which is under construction, and the upcoming creative quarter in Mabgate.
The practice will also refurbish a podium on the site, which is clad in salt-glazed terracotta brushed with aluminium. Construction is set to begin in 2017.
SimpsonHaugh and Partners associate James Hind said: ‘The foyer of the contemporary hotel is a parallel for a theatre stage where guests enter and exit.
‘The curtain developed as a thematic device in which the foyer is gradually revealed to the passer-by.’
SimpsonHaugh and Partners has also unveiled plans for the second phase of the scheme on the 1ha Bridge Street site, which was occupied by British Gas prior to its relocation to Holbeck.
The regeneration is backed by a consortium of Singapore-listed companies led by Heeton Holdings, and will create 780 apartments as well as cafés, workspaces, and a number of green spaces. Five new buildings, ranging from 11 to 41 storeys, will also be built.
Edwin Liu, UK and Europe head at Heeton Holdings, said Leeds was chosen as the place for its latest development because it sits at ‘the heart of the Northern Powerhouse economy’.
He added: ‘Its strengths across the professional, digital and creative industries mean that there is a sustained demand a high quality urban neighbourhood in a city centre location.’