Wellington Place occupies the site of the former Leeds Central railway station. It has been planned around a sequence of two new public spaces that will link the city centre to the riverside. These spaces will be formed around the historic relics of a railway lifting tower and a section of viaduct.
The development will comprise over 300,000 square metres of sustainable community development incorporating commercial, retail and residential accommodation.
The scheme will terminate at a large new south-west facing waterfront space called ‘The Beach’, with the option to create a new cultural building fronting the river.
As a new addition to the city’s culturally vibrant West End, Wellington Place will become a destination in its own right within the wider context of West Yorkshire’s rich heritage of internationally renowned artists and sculptors.
The concept of Wellington Place evolved out of a desire to create a coherent and distinguishable urban quarter. The design of significant urban spaces, the emphasis of strong pedestrian connections, the massing of a dramatic plan and roof form, and the inclusion of public art aims to create something new in contemporary UK urban design.