Green light for new offices in Leeds city centre

A CGI of No 2, Whitehall Riverside.

A CGI of No 2, Whitehall Riverside.

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Planners have given the go ahead for a new eight-storey office to be built in Leeds city centre.

No 2 Whitehall Riverside will be close to the junction of Northern Street and Whitehall Road.

It will offer around 70,000sq ft of office space and 38 parking spaces.

The site was previously home to Whitehall Soap Works until the 1980s.

The new development will form part of Town Centre Securities’ (TCS) Whitehall Riverside scheme, which includes the neighbouring No 1 Whitehall Riverside offices.

The new eight-storey building has been designed by architects Cartwright Pickard and will include some landscaped outside space.

Work on the scheme could start later this year.

The news comes just weeks after plans were revealed to transform nearby Wellington Place into a public square.

Tower Square – just across the road from No 2 Whitehall Riverside – will cover 54,000 sq ft.

The area is due to open in 2016 and is set to be one of the biggest public spaces in Leeds.

It will incorporate the Old Wagon Hoist– which dates back to 1850 – as a nod to the city’s industrial heritage.

The square is part of the Wellington Place office scheme and work is already under way on 6 Wellington Place, which will include six floors of state-of-the-art office and retail space that will overlook the square.

The building’s neighbour, 10 Wellington Place, was completed in April last year and is believed to be around 80 per cent let.

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