Next stage for £20m revamp of Leeds hub

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The £20M transformation of a Leeds city centre square and its surrounding buildings has taken a step forward with new enhanced plans for a deluxe terraced area for revellers.

The Evans group, developers of the Bond Court project, have submitted plans for a new bar/restaurant with a new street terrace underneath the recently refurbished Minerva office building.

The planning application relates to extended planning approval for the former Gourmet Burger King (GBK) unit.

The new bid follows on from recent planning approval for the nearby former RBS unit to be turned into a bar/restaurant with terrace.

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The revamp of the Bond Court area – which includes overhauls of the landmark Minerva and Capitol office buildings – is well under way. Work is also ongoing on a new 90-bedroom hotel, which will incorporate a new walkway alongside the former RBS unit between Bond Court and Greek Street. Works to a ‘public realm’ area will start after the current phase is complete.

Tony Plowman, director at Kilmartin Plowman and Partners, who designed the scheme, said: “Evans has a clear vision for how the whole area will look and has worked closely with Leeds City Council... to ensure that the whole project seamlessly blends together. The works to both retail units will create a real sense of unity between East Parade, Bond Court and Greek Street. By opening up the outside space, we can further enhance the significant public realm works that form part of the new hotel scheme.”

Alan Syers, portfolio director at Evans Property Group, added: ”We have had such an exciting year at Bond Court with the completion of both Minerva and Capitol office buildings, the new occupiers we have signed-up and the work underway preparing for the new hotel. Both the GBK and RBS units are a key part of the bigger picture and we are delighted to be moving forwards with our plans.”

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