CARLSBERG group has put the former Tetley Brewery site in Leeds up for sale at £35m.
The 22-acre plot is in the city’s South Bank, a former industrial heartland which is being marketed as one of the best regeneration opportunities in Europe.
It is believed the sale has attracted interest from potential buyers including Leeds City Council, Asda and Ikea as well as a number of well-known property developers and investors.
There are said to be 11 parties in total who have until July 21 to submit bids. The others are believed to include St Modwen, Town Centre Securities, Caddick and M&G.
Carlsberg closed the brewery – one of the city’s oldest businesses – in 2011 and demolished it a year later to make way for a car park.
The old headquarters was converted into a celebrated art gallery, The Tetley.
Leeds City Council wants to transform the South Bank into a 21st century community with family-friendly homes, open spaces and transport connections linking to the new train station for HS2, the high-speed rail link between London and the North of England.
The area comprises South Bank Central, home to Asda’s headquarters and the proposed HS2 station, Holbeck Urban Village, a hub for creative industries, and the Leeds Dock.
The Leeds City Region delegation promoted the area to international investors at the MIPIM international property conference in March.
A spokesman for Carlsberg UK said the company would take care to select a purchaser who will respect the site’s heritage and be proactive in bringing forward a successful, high quality development. Carlsberg hopes to find a buyer before the end of the year.