Leeds is central to the Northern Powerhouse concept and its South Bank area is one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Europe, providing high quality development in Leeds city centre, focused around the proposed new HS2 station, a growing major rail hub.
The former Tetley Brewery land was acquired by our client Vastint and, after providing initial technical due diligence, PBA was appointed as Transport consultants.
The current proposals centre around a new city park (3.2 Ha) which will form the centre piece of the development and provide benefits to both the development and the South Bank area in general. The new park will be lined by a new residential development (ca 850 units) to the north and a mixed commercial (ca 120,00 m2) area to the south consisting of office, hotel and creative spaces.
Due to its location, the transport aspects of the masterplan development were critical. PBA successfully negotiated low on-site parking provision and concentrated on public transport, park&ride and pedestrian and cycling connections, supported by comprehensive travel planning. PBA is also playing a role in the South Bank Development aspirations with supporting advice on the strategic transport issues which aim to transform highway infrastructure into public realm improvements, green areas, shared spaces and cycle and pedestrian priorities.
After submission of the phase 1 planning application in May, PBA now looks forward to working on the phase 2 application and the implementation of the full scheme during the next 3-5 years.