The revival of Leeds Dock, formerly Clarence Dock, has taken a step forward, with Leeds City Council planning officials approving plans by Allied London to develop what they call a “super-building workspace concept” on the site of what used to be Alea Casino.
Dubbed “The Engine,” the 70,000 sq ft development aims to deliver flexible office space for creative, media, and technology businesses. They say their office space will be fully customisable, tailored to the needs of each individual business.
But the plans go further than simply bring a vacant building back into use. The idea is to turn the area into a “destination” site, filled with restaurants and leisure facilities, and to build up an new community in an area that has struggled for years.
The Alea Casino closed down in March 2013 after only 5 years of operating, having failed to attract enough customers, despite significant investment.
The council has also agreed, in principle, to support a range of new transport and related infrastructure, including a shuttle bus service to Leeds Central railway station and the city centre.