Permission granted for Leeds office buildings

Posted on by John Cronin

Commercial property developer MEPC has secured planning permission on two applications for office buildings in Leeds.

The plans for two additional buildings at Wellington Place were approved by Leeds City Council. A five storey office building next to the Grade II Listed Lifting Tower was described in a council report as creating:

“…A successful backdrop to the listed lifting tower and will visually contain the northern side of the main square at the centre of the Wellington Place development. It will be a high quality building and conforms to the objectives of the approved master plan.”

A six/seven storey office building with basement car park was also approved for the same site.

2 Wellington PlaceManaging director of Wellington Place Andrew Barlow welcomed the decision, noting the construction of the offices “demonstrates MEPC’s commitment to the expansion of the site”. However, Mr Barlow also stated MEPC is “taking a long-term approach to construction” and is therefore unlikely to carry out any speculative development.

Number Three Wellington Place will offer 110,000 sq ft of office space, while Number Ten is set to feature 35,000 sq ft.

Wellington Place is a seven hectare site in the west end commercial district of Leeds on the site of the former Central Station. When fully developed the site will provide in excess of 2.7m sq ft of both commercial and residential accommodation around a sequence of three major new public spaces which link the riverside with the city centre.

Number Two Wellington Place (pictured), is the existing seven storey, solar glazed building providing offices with Grade A floor-plates and is let to tenants including Sky, Irwin Mitchell and Regus, the serviced offices provider. 14,590 sq ft of floor space is available to let on the first floor.

7 Wellington Place has detailed planning consent and is available as a potential headquarters building on a design and build basis or for pre-rental by the floor. Potential exists to provide a building of up to 160,000 sq ft.

Wellington Central, is a building on the site constructed from recycled freight containers. Used as the marketing suite for the development the office is also available to tenants for rental for meetings and events.

Agents for Wellington Place are Jones Lang LaSalle and DTZ.

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