Arup, an international consultancy firm famous for its hand in the development of the Sydney Opera House and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, has been recruited by Leeds City Council to help put together a masterplan for the development of a new high-speed rail station in the South Bank area for the proposed HS2 line. Gehl Architects, from Denmark, have also been enlisted to make sure Leeds makes the most of the potential economic and regeneration benefits of HS2.
It is expected the plans will be completed by the end of the year, figuring out the best location and footprint for the new rail station, and how to connect it to the existing station.
Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and economy, Cllr Richard Lewis, described the coming redevelopment of the South Bank as “the biggest change the city centre has seen in more than 100 years.”
It is hoped that the project will result in nothing less than a “world-class arrival space and interchange” that Leeds can be proud of. Jerome Frost, project director at Arup, said the project “represents a tremendous opportunity for Leeds. It is a key area for future growth and the arrival of HS2 will help to accelerate this.”
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