The scheme will include a 3,500m² speculative development incorporating office space with ground floor break-out space, retail and leisure.
Forming part of a new neighbourhood known as Temple, CEG said the area forged its own identity and character, attracting the city’s pioneers and creatives. The overall scheme hopes to regenerate an area once renowned for its wool and flax spinning, weaving and tailoring.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The development of the area represents one of the biggest regeneration opportunities in the city’s history and is among the most important growth initiatives in the country.
“By unlocking the massive economic potential of this historic area, we can double the size of our city centre, connect our communities, bring thousands of new jobs and opportunities to Leeds and create an inclusive, diverse and vibrant new hub for people of all ages and abilities.”
Nick Lee, Development Director of CEG added: “This first phase of Temple will offer the highest quality working environment. Having secured the best commercial workplace in the UK award at Kirkstall Forge we intend to harness CEG’s understanding of what our customers need for their business to thrive and ensure we yet again deliver that in a contemporary, flexible and unique way.”
Following further detailed design work, BAM will start building the first phase office development in early 2020. A second phase, which also has detailed planning permission, will offer 12,800m² of office space with ground floor retail and leisure.