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24 Jan 2019

Work starts this week on CEG’s six-acre development in the heart of Leeds South Bank.

Local company, Sirius, has been appointed to manage the demolition of the warehouse on Water Lane. The demolition programme will take six-weeks and then a six-month programme of archaeological excavation to record previously identified remains on the site,  which housed John Marshall’s (king of the flax industry) first two Mills in this area of Holbeck in the eighteenth century and has witnessed significant redevelopment over the last Century.

CEG has also invested £300,000 into securing the Grade II listed bridge which formed a historic route for the Marshall empire and will once again form a physical link over Hol Beck, connecting Water Lane and Marshall Street to CEG’s new development at Globe Road.

This, together with five other bridge crossings, will create links between the city, the wider South Bank area and existing local communities.

CEG is already marketing its South Bank development, which has detailed planning permission for two office developments with ground floor retail and leisure totalling up to 26,100 sq m and outline planning permission for mixed-use development of up to 103,900 sq m of offices, retail, leisure, hotel, health and community uses, parking and up to 750 new homes, along with new public spaces and landscaping.

David Hodgson, head of strategic development – north for CEG, explains: “We’ve already had a great deal of interest from company’s seeking headquarter office space just minutes from Leeds City Station.

“We will be ready to start construction this summer on the two office developments which have detailed planning permission. This, along with the retail, leisure, hotel, residential and community uses, benefitting from innovative outdoor spaces and the waterfront, will bring a strategic development of a critical mass and international standard, putting South Bank Leeds on the map as a place to live, work and enjoy.”

The scheme is expected to act as the catalyst to kick-start the regeneration of an area of the City Centre which for many years has seen planning permissions granted but not built out.  

The proposals will:

  • Deliver a new location for the south west of the city centre with up to 750 new homes, workplaces, shops, cafés and restaurants
  • Provide the wider community with attractive new places to walk, rest and enjoy
  • Create thousands of new job opportunities and provide on-site training, education, upskilling and apprenticeships during construction to benefit local people
  • Design inspiring buildings which will put Leeds on the map as a key European destination, creating an exciting gateway arrival point to the city from the south west
  • Retain the two-storey printworks building façade as a feature within the desig
  • Improve connectivity – making it easier and more attractive to walk or cycle from Holbeck to the waterfront, railway station and the city centre
  • Assess opportunities to enhance existing community facilities
  • Create a safe, attractive environment for employees, residents and visitors to enjoy green spaces and public plazas that are appealing and well-lit
  • Revitalise the approach to movement around the area through innovative travel planning backed up by a data-rich traffic microsimulation model of the city centre highway network using the internationally acclaimed Aimsun traffic modelling software.  

Jon Kenny, Strategic Development Director of CEG, said: “This is an exceptional opportunity to breathe life back into these, creating locally and nationally important iconic landmark buildings and innovative public spaces. This is not just about building on a historic legacy; it is about creating a new one.”

CEG is committed to the city and is currently delivering a ground-breaking £400 million brownfield regeneration scheme at Kirkstall Forge, where a new station and the first flagship 110,000 sq ft office are now open. The building has secured a raft of awards including the prestigious best UK ‘Commercial Workplace’ award from British Council of Offices, a national Housing Design Award and a national Health and Wellbeing award.

CEG is working with award-winning architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), on both its Kirkstall Forge and South Bank developments, both of which are delivering innovative mixed-use communities building on the historic character of the area with landmark buildings and waterfront public realm.  

FCBStudios secured the coveted International Tall Building of the Year Award in 2010 for Broadcasting Place in Leeds, seeing off competition from some of the world’s most prestigious buildings.

CEG also established and runs the Forging Futures skills campus at Kirkstall Forge, which provides innovative hands-on construction skills on the site and helps to turn young people in Leeds into future developers, builders, architects and engineers. The campus has already delivered £10million of social value, through the creation of 45 new local jobs and 45 training opportunities during construction, 6 jobs for the long term unemployed through supply chain linkages, 10 apprenticeships and 250 hours of business support, training and volunteering. Similar opportunities will be delivered as part of the South Bank project.