SimpsonHaugh and Partners Secures Planning for Leeds Development

SimpsonHaugh and Partners Secures Planning for Leeds Development

SimpsonHaugh and Partners has won approval for the second phase of its Leeds regeneration project, which will include a hotel.

In the first phase of the scheme, the practice has secured planning permission to convert a 12-storey 1960s office building into a 182 bed hotel in Bridge Street.

The new hotel development will feature terracotta and aluminum cladding, a bar and restaurant area and a double height foyer.

It will be built near to the ACME Victoria Gate retail development, which is currently being built, 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 aluminum, with construction set to get under way next year.

James Hind, an associate of SimpsonHaugh and Partners, commented: “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 revealed its plans for phase two of the scheme on the 1ha Bridge Street site, which was occupied by British Gas before its relocation to Holbeck.

A consortium of Singapore-listed firms led by Heeton Holdings have backed the regeneration project which will see the creation of almost 800 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.

Head of Heeton Holdings in the UK and Europe, Edwin Liu, said that Leeds was the chosen city for its latest development because it is situated at the ‘heart of the Northern Powerhouse economy.’

Liu 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.”

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