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Leeds seeks developers for major city centre regen

Leeds City Council is looking for a developer to regenerate a major city centre site.

The Yorkshire local authority has asked developers to register their interest in taking on the 1.1 ha site of the former Leeds International Pool on Lisbon Street in the city’s business district.

The site has the potential to house five building plots totalling more than 500,000 sq ft of space, alongside improvements to public realm, which will make up around 40 per cent of the site’s footprint.

Leeds City Council plans to prioritise a mixed-use development at the site, with potential options including Grade A office space, residential, retail, leisure and hotel space.

The council will consider developing the site as a whole or in separate lots, and also highlighted it was looking for “high-quality signature buildings” of up to 20 storeys in height at the site.

Council leader Judith Blake said: “To support the growth of our business and visitor economies we need high-quality office space and hotel and leisure facilities, and as part of our ongoing strategic asset management strategy, we are determined to bring the absolute best investors, operators and brands to the city.

“The Lisbon Street site sits in a prime position among many of the city’s top legal, financial and professional services employers, which makes it a hugely desirable development space.”

The site is adjacent to the Innovation District, a planned tech and research hub centred around the University of Leeds and Leeds Becket University.

The council this week announced it had reached a deal with London-based developer Idé Real Estate to redevelop three listed buildings in the area.

The Leonardo, Thoresby and Great George Street buildings will provide 53,000 sq ft of office space and a 340-room hotel under the development plans.


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