A run down and disused car park at the heart of Leeds’s office quarter could be demolished to make way for a £12 million hotel.
The old mechanical stacker car park in Greek Street, and the current Akbar’s restaurant next to it, could soon be turned into a 10-storey, 90-room hotel with a ground floor bar and basement restaurant.
The decommissioned 220-space car park is located in a prime part of the city centre, between Russell Street and Greek Street, and surrounded by offices, banks, bars and restaurants.
The buildings are both owned by property group Evans of Leeds (EoL) who also own a number of other surrounding buildings including Minerva House and Capitol House. The former is currently undergoing a refurbishment, and work on the latter is due to start next month.
Alan Syers, portfolio director for the Evans group, told the YEP the new hotel would be a “significant” part of a £20 million investment into that part of the city centre and a “huge opportunity” for growth.
The recent openings of Trinity Leeds and Leeds Arena have already provided major new shots in the arm to the city centre economy.
A pre-application report to be presented to Leeds City Council’s city centre plans panel this week says: “The car park has been recently decommissioned and is no longer fit for purpose, which has brought forward the proposal for redevelopment.
“This site is embedded within the prime office quarter, with the surrounding buildings all being of a similar height to the car park, and currently in either office use or vacant. The proposal is to demolish the stacker car park and the single storey restaurant and construct a new, 10 storey, 90 bedroom hotel with basement, to include restaurant, bar and meeting rooms.”
The report adds the new hotel would include no car parking at all, and the existing 220 spaces in the stacker car park have “already effectively been removed”. Planners hope the lack of new parking spaces will encourage use of public transport, and boost the city centre’s “sustainable transport” objectives.
It is understood the lease held by Akbar’s restaurant expires next year. The report adds the hotel has been designed to stay in keeping with neighbouring buildings, bringing it “broadly in line” with surrounding architecture.