Funding approved for footbridge linking park with Leeds city centre

Sovereign Square. PIC: James Hardisty
Sovereign Square. PIC: James Hardisty
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Funding has been approved for a pedestrian bridge which could link a new public space with the city centre.

The director of city development, Martin Farrington, signed off investing a grant of £175,000 from the government’s Homes and Communities department into a footbridge by Sovereign Square – the first city centre green space to open in several decades last year.

A report drafted for Mr Farrington reads: “The Sovereign Street pedestrian footbridge has long been an ambition of the Council and its stakeholders in both South Bank and at the newly constructed Sovereign Square. It was incorporated in both Sovereign Street and South Bank informal planning statements as a key component of the public realm and wider connectivity for this area of the city centre.

“It has the potential to link the new city centre park to Sovereign Square greenspace transforming the South Bank of Leeds City Centre into a vibrant, well-connected sustainable business and residential community.”

London-based Wilkinson Eyre has been appointed as architects for the project following a design competition. A planning application is likely to be submitted by October.

The square, which was built at a former car park, includes raised lawns, water features, fountains and a garden.