Demolition work on the former headquarters of the Yorkshire Post have nearly been completed. Only a few bits and pieces remain to be torn down. Once the enormous pile of concrete and steel has been cleared away, the owner of the site intends to have built four buildings incorporating about 400,000 sq ft of office space, which will sit alongside a 16-storey apartment complex.
The four riverside buildings are proposed in a pre-application presentation which Leeds councillors will review next week. Located at the corner of Wellington Street, on a 4.6 acre site, three of the buildings will range in height from eight to thirteen storeys, creating much needed city centre office space. The ground levels are planned for mixed commercial use. 220 underground car parking spaces are planned.
The fourth building is earmarked for residential use, made up of approximately 200 units. The scheme consists of one and two bedroom apartments, to be developed under the private rented sector model where units are built to rent rather than be sold.
The layout is designed in a way that will minimise traffic noise and air pollution for the residential building.
The Yorkshire Post building had always been a bit of an eyesore. The new buildings should make for a more aesthetically pleasing entrance to Leeds city centre.