New plans for former Lumiere site go on display

New plans have been released by Roydhouse Properties for Central Square in Leeds, the former site of the proposed Lumiere project.

As part of public consultation ahead of a planning application being submitted, the plans to develop an iconic office and leisure building on the site will go on display from 2pm until 7pm on Friday 15 November at Novotel Leeds City Centre, Whitehall Quay.

The 225,000 sq ft project will include space for up to 2,500 workers over 11 floors and include a sky garden, restaurants and bars, a gym, 128 parking spaces and Winter Garden.

The scheme has been designed to allow for large floor plate occupiers who are looking for the best office location in Leeds, which will be built to excellent environmental standards.

Mark Barnes, from Marrico Asset Management on behalf of Roydhouse Properties Central Square, said:

“Our plans are to make Central Square the best commercial building in Leeds providing exclusive office space of the highest quality to blue chip companies who want to be in Leeds city centre.

“We’re already holding positive talks with many of these companies and our aim is to provide them with office space which fits their modern market requirements.”

He added:

“Their belief in the project at this early stage is not only a vote of confidence for our plans for Central Square, but for Leeds as a business centre.

“We hope that the public attends the exhibition on Friday to see for themselves our ambitious plans for the site.

“Leeds has seen a solid level of activity and the year- to-date volume of new office lettings is already 33 per cent higher than the previous full year total.

“Take-up has already substantially exceeded the five year average of 380,000 sq ft and it is anticipate that year end city centre volumes will be around 600,000 sq ft; potentially the highest level on record since 2000.”

 Mark Barnes continued:

“The lack of Grade A office accommodation together with general momentum in the UK economy, improved market sentiment and increase in occupier demand means office occupiers wanting large footplates built to excellent environmental standards are looking at potential pre let opportunities.”

If planning permission is granted work could start on site in summer 2014, with construction on Central Square completed by mid-2016.

For further information about the plans visit the public exhibition today, from 2pm to 7pm, at Novotel Leeds City Centre, Whitehall Quay.

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