A preferred contractor has been named by CEG for the first phase of a new £350 million development at Leeds’ South Bank. The selected contractor is BAM Construction, which will work on a 38,000 sq ft speculative development incorporating office space with ground floor break out space, retail and leisure.
The news was announced at the launch of Temple, a new district within the city centre forming part of the South Bank Regeneration Area of Leeds adjacent to the train station.
Temple includes the 8.69-acre sites around Water Lane and Globe Road which CEG secured planning permission for last year, as well as the historic grade I-listed Temple Mill, which was acquired in early 2018.
The Water Lane site housed John Marshall’s (king of the flax industry) first two Mills in this area of Holbeck in the eighteenth century.
“Temple will reconnect Holbeck with the heart of the city. It captures John Marshall’s pioneering and innovative approach and, as this area was instrumental in Leeds’s industrial revolution, shows how it can set a benchmark for the city’s development as it moves south,” said Nick Lee, development director of CEG.
“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 38,000 sq ft office development at Globe Point in early 2020.
The second phase, which also has detailed planning permission, could be developed simultaneously, with agents Fox Lloyd Jones and Knight Frank currently identifying occupiers. This building would comprise 138,168 sq ft with ground floor retail and leisure.