New images have been revealed of plans for the £500m redevelopment of Leeds station, which will include an HS2 hub.
The scheme’s masterplan, approved by Leeds City Council last month, proposes 3m sq ft of new office space around the station and 7,000 sq m of restaurants and shops.
The plans also include a main concourse connecting HS2, existing rail services and hoped-for Northern Powerhouse rail lines.
HS2 is expected to arrive in Leeds by 2033, after the government confirmed the route for phase two of the £56bn line. Detailed government plans for the Northern Powerhouse concept have yet to be fleshed out, but chancellor Philip Hammond last month pledged £300m of extra funding for rail services in the north.
Atkins is overseeing a consortium on the remodelled Leeds station, which is one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs.
The consortium includes BAM Construction, architect Hiro Aso - who worked on the revamp of London’s King’s Cross station - Bilfinger GVA, Faithful + Gould and Albion Economics.
Atkins infrastructure managing director Mike McNicholas said: “The Leeds Station district… will bring together HS2, the classic railway, buses, coaches and taxis into a single place enabling easier journeys between cities in the Northern Powerhouse and around Leeds itself.
“The bold vision for the district will ensure Leeds remains a key gateway to the north and surrounding areas.”
Alongside the station revamp are plans for the £350m regeneration of Leeds’ South Bank.
The scheme – in Holbeck to the south of the city centre – proposes the construction of 255,000 sq ft of office, residential and commercial space, including a 40-storey tower, across four adjacent sites totalling 2.4 ha in size.