Major Leeds Wellington Place work moves forward as car park headache continues

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Investigation works have been taking place on a Leeds city centre car park earmarked for major re-development.

Wellington Place car park, on Whitehall Road, is set to remain closed for a further couple of weeks and into September whilst site custodians, asset management firm MEPC, carry out the ground examinations.

It is one of the largest city centre car parks with almost 400 spaces and office workers have been asked to use other car parks, where space is already at a premium, or to use alternative transport to get to work.

City Buzz understands that at the moment they are just exploration works and no further announcements will be made in the near future.

A spokesperson for MEPC said: “Due to site works, the temporary public Wellington Place pay and display car park is closed until September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

It is set to re-open to coincide with the return of schools following the summer break, and in the long term the car park will be the chosen site for Wellington Place developments 7, 8 and 9. Plans have already been lodged with Leeds City Council for an eight storey building at number 7, which could become one of the 13 new government regional office hubs that are set to replace 137 offices across the country.

The whole site covers in excess of 1.5m square feet of commercial, retail, leisure and residential accommodation,

To date, Wellington Place includes 215,000 sq ft of office and leisure space already delivered, 75 per cent of which is currently let; Number 3 Wellington Place, a 110,000 sq ft building, on the corner of Northern Street and Wellington Street and due for completion this year following 5 Wellington Place, a 75,257 sq ft office that was completed in July of last year.

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