Keepmoat and Strata secure landmark Leeds scheme

Keepmoat and Strata secure landmark Leeds schemeThree neighbourhoods in Leeds will soon benefit from a major £142 million investment which will deliver in the region of 1000 new homes on brownfield land.

The scheme will pave the way for employment and training opportunities for local people over the next eight years.

Working in partnership with Leeds City Council and Strata, housing and community regeneration specialist, Keepmoat, will redevelop 13 sites in the Seacroft, Halton Moor and Osmandthorpe areas of Leeds.

The scheme will serve to provide much-needed, quality affordable homes and purchasing initiatives such as Help to Buy, which will offer aspiring home owners a real opportunity of getting on the housing ladder.

The scheme will also provide considerable work opportunities including apprenticeships and training placements to address skills shortages and ensure that local people will get the maximum benefit of this investment in these areas.

As a major landowner in the city, the council has committed to ensuring development takes place on brownfield land first. Currently, around 70 per cent of all new homes in Leeds are being delivered on brownfield sites.

Ian Hoad, operations director for Keepmoat in Yorkshire, said: “We are actively expanding our presence in West Yorkshire, where we see a real appetite for new homes. With 95% of our developments built on brownfield land we are perfectly placed to deliver this scheme and we’re thrilled to have been selected as chosen developer alongside Strata.

Working in partnership with Strata will allow us to accelerate the delivery of these new homes, with the target of achieving 150 properties per annum.”

Galliford Try wins two new contracts with University of Leeds

Galliford Try wins two new contracts with University of LeedsGalliford Try has signed a deal with the University of Leeds on two new contracts worth a total value of £37.8 million.

Firstly, Galliford Try has been contracted to refurbish the Engineering Building at the University’s main Woodhouse campus.

The £22.5 million project will involve refurbishing levels three, four and five of the 1960s building, as well as completing the maintenance backlog on the remainder of the building.

Secondly, Galliford Try will undertake the £15.3 million refurbishment of the Grade II listed Edward Boyle Library.

The scheme, which encompasses all six floors of the 1970s building, includes fully refurbishing the study areas and replacing the engineering systems and roof.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Galliford Try sad: “We are delighted to have been able to maintain the strong ties that our Yorkshire office has with the University of Leeds with these successes.

The strategy for our construction business is based on long-term relationships with respected clients and these two contracts are an excellent example of that approach.”

Interserve gets £12m Leeds market revamp

Interserve gets £12m Leeds market revampInterserve has been awarded a £12.3 million contract by Leeds City Council to improve and refurbish the historic Kirkgate Market in Leeds City Centre.

The Market is located in the heart of the city, attracting more than 35,000 shoppers per week. The building works are expected to last until Autumn 2016.

John Gittins, Divisional Director of Interserve, said: “Presently, approximately 1,750 people are employed at the Leeds Kirkgate Market and this project will create a number of additional local jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member responsible for regeneration, transport and planning said: “We are very pleased to have appointed Interserve to complete one of the most exciting developments happening in Leeds today.

By working together we will create a highly successful, profitable and sustainable destination market, which is a centre of excellence for independent retailers and entrepreneurs.

Kirkgate Market is a prime retail location with a major historical and cultural significance for Leeds, so it is only right that we invest in its future now to make it a sustainable and ‘go to’ destination for generations to come.”

Carillion gets £80m Leeds Tower Works scheme

Carillion logoCarillion has been selected by the Homes & Communities Agency to deliver a new mixed use development at Tower Works, a key development site within Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds.

The combined development value of the proposed masterplan will be in in the region of £80 million and construction work will start in January 2016.

The brief is to create a mixed-use, sustainable community with a distinctive sense of place, which balances high quality and contemporary design with the existing heritage structures which occupy the site.

The 1.04 hectare site is an old industrial location which houses three Italianate Towers. It is these grade two listed buildings which give the site its name.

Carillion’s developments proposals include 92,000sq ft of commercial office space, 20,000sq ft of A1 and A3 retail restaurant and bar spaces and 147 residential units.

Naz Parkar, executive director at the HCA said: “Today’s announcement marks the start of our partnership with Carillion who will turn  this empty space into a vibrant destination, with 147 homes, shops, restaurants and places to work, creating an important link between Holbeck and Leeds City Centre offering a place for local people to live, work and socialise in a spectacular canal side location only 5 minutes away from the city centre, that will help to kick-start the next phase of the  regeneration of Holbeck Urban Village.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy, said: “Tower Works is truly an iconic site and it is very important for the regeneration of the South Bank.  As a council we are keen that developments here have high quality designs and that they include housing for families- a first for this area.

“I particularly welcome the quality of the proposed residential elements of the Carillion scheme and the plans for housing suitable for families. This scheme can be a catalyst for more good quality city living and the physical regeneration of Holbeck Urban Village.”

Logic Leeds development gets the go-ahead

Logic Leeds development gets the go-aheadLogic Leeds, the £5 million construction of 80,000 sq ft of industrial premises for modern manufacturing, has started on site in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

The construction follows planning approval and the signing of a landmark £2.5 million grant agreement with Leeds City Council, funded through the government’s Building Foundations for Growth programme.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy, said: “This is another significant step forward for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone. The council has worked proactively with developers and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to get development moving in the enterprise zone.

We now have 260,000 sq ft of industrial space under construction and committed, presenting manufacturing and supply chain companies with a prime location for expansion, consolidation and relocation of their operations.”

Logic Leeds, Muse Developments’ flagship 110-acre manufacturing and distribution development, forms part of the largest speculative project of its kind in West Yorkshire since the recession. The contract to build the new 80,000 sq ft unit was awarded to Esh Build.

David Wells, developer director of Muse Developments in Leeds said: “We are delighted to be on site with the first building at Logic Leeds, which will set the tone for the whole development.”

Situated next to the A63, just half a mile from Junction 45 of the M1 and minutes from Leeds city centre, Logic Leeds presents a huge opportunity for the Leeds and wider Yorkshire industrial and distribution market.

Logic Leeds is part of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone, which means that it benefits from a range of incentives for occupiers. These incentives include a discount on business rates, worth up to £275,000 per business over a five-year period; a simplified and accelerated planning process; an opportunity for enhanced capital allowance claims; and high-speed fibre-optic broadband.

Work on site in Leeds Enterprise Zone gets undderway

Work on site in Leeds Enterprise Zone gets undderwayConstruction and engineering work started this week on two of the key sites in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone where 260,000 sq ft of employment space is now in the pipeline.

The scheme will provide a major boost for the city region’s manufacturing sector and the regional industrial property market.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy said: “The Enterprise Zone offers unparalleled advantages in terms of its scale, connectivity, its proximity to Leeds city centre and to one of the UK’s biggest concentrations of manufacturing.

“That’s why the council has taken this proactive approach to secure funding in order to accelerate development, stimulate private sector investment and attract growth and jobs to the zone.”

Two new industrial units are being built at Thornes Farm by Stainforth Construction on behalf of Wilton Developments, providing 50,000 sq ft and a 30,000 sq ft of modern manufacturing space.

The £5 million speculative development is scheduled for completion in Summer 2015, paving the way for new jobs in the local area.

Engineering and ground remediation also gets underway this month at Temple Green. At 72 hectares, it is the largest of the development site within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

Road infrastructure and ground engineering work costing over £7 million will deliver access to a series of development platforms with the ability to accommodate buildings up to 500,000 sq ft. Construction work on the park and ride facility is scheduled to start in Autumn 2015.

In November, work will begin on developing an 80,000 sq ft industrial unit at Logic Leeds site, where Muse Developments has planning permission for a total of 1.6m sq ft of industrial, distribution premises and supporting uses including offices and hotel development.

Construction work in Leeds Enterprise Zone gets underway

Construction work in Leeds Enterprise Zone gets underwayWilton Developments announced that Yorkshire contracting firm Stainforth Construction has been appointed to deliver the £5 million Connex 45 development at Thornes Farm in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

Situated on a four acre site close to the East Leeds Link Road, Connex 45 includes a 50,000 sq ft and 30,000 sq ft manufacturing and logistics buildings in the Leeds Aire Valley.

A £670,000 grant was awarded to Wilton to contribute towards their delivery, secured by Leeds City Council from the Government’s ‘Building Foundations for Growth’ fund.

Jason Stowe from Wilton Developments said: “This is a Yorkshire success story as the grant funds are not only kick-starting the first speculative built industrial scheme of this scale in many years, but are enabling a Yorkshire developer, Yorkshire design team and a Yorkshire contractor to deliver this important project for the Leeds City Region.”

Stainforth Construction will start on site on 20th October and are expected to complete the project by July 2015.

Cllr Richard Lewis from Leeds City Council said: “The Council has worked proactively with developers to get development moving in the enterprise zone.

“Today’s news is a significant step forward in realising the potential of the enterprise zone to create jobs and become a major driver of growth for the economy of Leeds and the city region.

“It’s good news too that a Yorkshire contractor has been selected to build the two units at Connex 45. It means the full benefit of the grant funding will be felt within the local economy, with a Yorkshire-based team of developer, building contractor and consultants delivering first class business premises in what is set to become the region’s premier business location.”