Vision for Leeds development offers stylish square deal

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  • First glimpse of public square at Wellington Place office development
  • Site will retain historic structure dating back to 1850
  • Programme of community, charity and arts events planned for square
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This is the stylish look planned for a new public square in Leeds city centre.

Tower Square will form part of the Wellington Place office development, which stands off Whitehall Road.

We are excited to be creating what will be a superb and welcoming addition to our thriving city.

Covering 54,000 sq ft and due to open in 2016, developer MEPC says it will be “one of the largest and most prominent public spaces in Leeds”.

A distinctive structure called the Old Wagon Hoist – which dates back to 1850 – will remain at the heart of the landscaped square as a nod to the city’s industrial heritage.

The site will also host community and charity events and activities as well as public art displays and installations.

James Dipple, chief executive of MEPC, said: “We see Leeds’s newest public square as being a truly unique urban space for everyone to enjoy.

“Our aim is to create a natural setting which not only connects Wellington Place, its history, buildings and all those who work in them, but is also a place for the people of Leeds to meet, eat, shop, relax and enjoy.

“We are excited to be creating what will be a superb and welcoming addition to our thriving city.”

Work is already under way on 6 Wellington Place, six floors of state-of-the-art office and retail space that will overlook the square.

Global law firm Squire Patton Boggs has agreed terms for two of its floors, with the company’s Leeds-based staff due to move across from their current home on Park Lane early next year.

The building’s neighbour, 10 Wellington Place, was completed in April last year and is now 80 per cent let.

Mr Dipple said: “We are on track with our development plans as we continue to create and build Leeds’s business community.

“6 Wellington Place has already proved popular with the recent signing of Squire Patton Boggs.

“We are building for the future and Tower Square and 6 Wellington Place will be a stunning addition to our already well established development.”

Commercial property firm MEPC’s development of Wellington Place as a whole has been funded by CPPIB and Hermes Investment Management.