Leeds is a fantastically vibrant city. Bustling with culture, commerce and business, it’s a hub not just for the North, but for the entirety of England, boasting one of the strongest banking sectors in the country, alongside massive influence in the legal professions.
However, if there’s one thing which really makes Leeds tick, it’s the student population. Arriving each year in huge numbers, it’s an economic and cultural boost which the city benefits tremendously from, but it comes with its own stresses. Namely, on housing.
Despite areas like Hyde Park, Headingley and Meanwood absorbing huge swathes of the student population into their rented accommodation, there remains a strong market for dedicated halls of residence, like those found dotted throughout the city centre.
Now a new proposal for a £12m, 18-storey housing scheme has been announced for Leeds city centre, which would provide 99 studio flats alongside a host of amenities. The pre-application plans are to be proposed to Leeds City Plans Panel on the 14th of December.
Built on the location of former office building Brunswick Point, which was turned into accommodation a few years ago, the project is backed by Leeds based property investment and lettings business YPP, who are also redeveloping the former Walkabout bar on Cookridge Street for student housing, further expanding the housing pool for students within the city.
The new building, once completed, would be managed by YPP in conjunction with Q One, creating an integrated residential community. The building itself is being designed by Box Architects, with Indigo Planning advising on the proposals.
Omar Al Nujaifi, director at YPP, said: "The proposal underlines our continued commitment and investment into providing high quality, purpose built student accommodation in the city centre.There is still a shortfall in the provision of this type of accommodation in the city centre.
"Our existing properties are 100 per cent let and we see a consistent demand from students for this type of accommodation."
Toby Harling, associate at Box Architects, remarked: "The design of the proposal responds to the height and scale of nearby buildings including the Vita scheme, which is currently under construction, to the south and the existing CLV building to the north. The design and choice of materials is evolving and we are looking forward to getting members views at next week’s presentation."
David Smith, associate at Indigo Planning, commented: "The proposed scheme is in an area identified as being suitable for Tall Buildings by the Council.
"The site is close to the main university campuses and students can benefit from all the facilities and amenities that the city centre has to offer.
"The scheme will help free up housing which can be converted back to family homes in other parts of the city such as Headingley.
"This scheme will build on and link to the continued regeneration of this part of the city centre."