Plans for Leeds student towers

Downing have submitted a planning application for a mixed use scheme to create student accommodation, together with a multi-purpose events venue in Leeds.

The plans are aimed at developing two plots of land adjoined to the Leeds First Direct Arena in the city centre, which includes the site of the Yorshire Bank HQ, which is expected to be vacated soon.

The planning application is for two purpose built student accommodation tower blocks on Merrion Way and Clay Pit Lane. Outline consent for construction of an events venue has also been applied for. Downing does not plan to build the events venue but it would be taken forward at a later date by the city council.

The student accommodation project is for 1,200 bedrooms across two buildings of 38 and 17 storeys, which will include a mixture of flats with shared living/dining spaces and also individual studio units.

The plan for the development of the event space will offer 2,000 sqm of flat floor space to be used for exhibitions, banqueting and entertainment events, together witjh 1,700 sq metres of breakout and seminar space and a 900 seat auditorium for conferences.

George Tyson, Downing project director said: “Leeds is thought to have one of the largest student populations in the UK there is therefore a growing demand for purpose build accommodation. These proposals will offer high quality living spaces in the centre of the city close to the academic institutions”.

“Following the delivery of many successful schemes in Leeds we are pleased to be working closely with the City Council to bring forward plans for a mult-purpose venue which will improve the city’s events areas bringing it in line with other UK cities”.

“Each part of the plan aims to regenerate unused space in a part of the city which will benefit economically from the additional footfall and also provide new opportunities for the local supply chain”.