A patch of urban jungle is set to become a green oasis in the heart of Leeds if councillors give the go-ahead this week.
The area, to be known as Sovereign Square, will be part of the wider redevelopment of council-owned land on Sovereign Street which will also be home of the new Leeds headquarters of accountancy giants KPMG.
Sovereign Square will feature a tree-lined boulevard, water features and outdoor seating with the council hoping it could become a venue for events.
Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for development and the economy, said: “The designs for the new green space at Sovereign Square look fantastic and will create an impressive new park area in the city centre for everyone to use and appreciate whilst also helping to boost and encourage new investment in the area.
“With the café area, water feature and the potential for it to host outdoor events, it will be a wonderful new addition to the city centre and is likely to become a popular visitor attraction in its own right.”
Senior councillors will consider the plan on Wednesday and if the go-ahead is given construction work could begin in September. The square is due to be ready by June 2015 when KPMG moves into its new offices.
Chris Hearld, senior partner at KPMG’s Leeds office, said: “We are pleased the council has reached this milestone and we are looking forward to seeing their plans and proposals delivered alongside our new building.”
The KPMG offices will be one of three new buildings that will eventually occupy the Sovereign Street site which is being redeveloped by Muse Developments.
Of the two remaining plots, one is under offer and the other will be marketed when the scheme is completed.
David Wells, development director at Muse Development, said: “With construction of KPMG’s new office building well underway and due for completion in summer 2014, this is an important milestone in the regeneration of Sovereign Street.”