Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher shares vision for The Junction BTR

Featuring a restored viaduct, The Junction Build to Rent scheme has been a key project for Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher since securing it in 2015.

Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher has shared its vision for The Junction development in Leeds, which is centred around a restored historic viaduct | Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher | Native Residential | BTR News
Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher has shared its vision for The Junction development in Leeds, which is centred around a restored historic viaduct.

Architecture and interior design firm Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher reflects on the design vision that it had, and brought to life, for The Junction Build to Rent development in Leeds.

The operator of the scheme, Native Residential, released a first look at The Junction last year. Since then, the development has reached completion and has welcomed in its first residents.

Containing 665 homes – a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom pet friendly Build to Rent apartments, The Junction has been recognised as a significant and unique offering in the city.

Private dining, social events, lounges, co-working spaces, local business support initiatives, and apartment balconies and terraces allowing scenic views across Leeds have all been featured within the design of the development.

“Projects like The Junction are rare, and we are very fortunate to be involved in such an important development in Leeds. Bringing the Grade II listed Monk Bridge viaduct back into public use has provided this part of the city with much needed green space and, alongside the 665 homes created, will provide a catalyst for development of the area. The transformative effect of this scheme is already being felt, we are on site on two adjacent sites, with Build to Rent development really gaining a hold in Leeds. 

“Alongside the creation of new homes, the project has also brought back sixteen disused railway arches into use; the active commercial uses that these arches will provide will ensure that this development and the area more broadly sits at the heart of Leeds’ Build to Rent offer. The project is testament to the hard work of the design team and the vision and backing of our client CDL, without whom we would still be faced with a vacant site and disused heritage asset.” 

Ian Emmerson, Director, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher 

As the chosen architect of the scheme, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher has made a series of design choices that correspond with the history of the site, seamlessly fusing heritage and modernity.

Transforming the historic Grainger viaduct into a vibrant public park, the firm brought life to a previously dormant structure. The stone arches below the viaduct have been repurposed into dynamic spaces, hosting new bars and restaurants to draw people to the heart of the development.

Creating a sense of identity within the development’s home city was a key aspect that Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher took into serious consideration.

Moreover, the new public space also provides Yorkshire’s first elevated park, mirroring that of the New York ‘High Line’ – the space connects to Wellington Place and the neighbouring Leeds I and Leeds II developments, becoming a central hub for both the cities office workers and residents alike.

Native Residential launched the first phase of apartments at The Junction in late 2022, on behalf of City Developments Limited (CDL).