Big-name tenant for Leeds South Bank ‘could create 7,000 jobs’

BIG PLANS: An overhead view of an intial blueprint for the CEG Temple Quarter masterplan.
BIG PLANS: An overhead view of an intial blueprint for the CEG Temple Quarter masterplan.
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Plans to regenerate a number of former industrial sites which form a key part of the South Bank vision for Leeds could be submitted by the end of January next year, and work could start by May, planning chiefs have been told.

As previously reported in the YEP, CEG - the firm behind the Kirkstall Forge development - is aiming to transform more than five acres of land north and south of Globe Road and Water Lane in an area of Holbeck, known as the Temple Quarter.

A Leeds City Council plans panel was told this week that the sprawling £350m office, apartment and leisure compex would provide a new “gateway” into the city, and would be “Leeds’s front door from the south” and “the arrival point for the Northern Powerhouse”.

In an enthusiastic presentation, CEG director Jon Kenny revealed that around 500,000 sq foot of the offices - the bulk of the total available - could be taken up by one as-yet-unnamed occupier who is still in talks with the firm, but who could bring more than 7,000 jobs.

He added the “principle occupier” needs to be inside some of the buildings by mid 2019.

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