McLaren submits plans for Wellington Square Build to Rent scheme

McLaren submits plans for Wellington Square in Leeds, a mixed-use scheme of Build to Rent and office buildings.

Wellington Square mixed-use development. McLaren's have submitted plans for the new scheme, located in Leeds | BTR News
Wellington Square mixed-use development. McLaren's have submitted plans for the new scheme, located in Leeds.

McLaren’s submits plans for Wellington Square, a mixed-use development of Build to Rent homes and commercial space on Wellington Street and Lisbon Street in Leeds city centre. The plans will transform the 2.47-acre site into a thriving urban quarter, bringing forward high-quality new homes and best-in-class innovative workspace, in the heart of the city’s professional core and within Leeds City Council’s Innovation Arc vision, establishing the area as a world-class hub for research and innovation. 

Wellington Square, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, will create a gateway to the West End of Leeds. The plans will see McLaren Living deliver 464 Build to Rent homes in a striking 45-storey building, while McLaren Property will bring forward 364,000 sq ft of commercial space across two 14 and 15 storey buildings. 

The Build to Rent building will benefit from 100% electrical heating, high efficiency energy systems, photovoltaics and mechanical ventilation, helping contribute towards the on-going decarbonisation of the grid. Amenities will be on the ground and first floor, and a sky lounge with panoramic views from the 45th floor, along with flexible ground floor uses to activate the public realm and new public space.

Placemaking is key to the Wellington Square proposals, with a new public square set to be delivered at the heart of the scheme. The square has been designed to connect the neighbouring developments and to create a vibrant and connected community in the West End of Leeds, providing public realm and green amenity space for residents, workers and the wider community. 

“It is fantastic to continue to work with Leeds City Council and we are excited to share our plans for a landmark development for the city.

“Wellington Square will be a sustainable, permeable and vibrant new neighbourhood for the West End of Leeds, with placemaking and sustainability at its heart. We will be delivering much needed high-quality homes to Leeds, while providing new public realm and space.”

Matthew Biddle, Managing Director, McLaren Living

The office buildings at Wellington Square aspire to set new standards for workspace in the region and will include communal and private south facing terraces at various levels, connected to work and event space. The new space will support the local economy and workforce by providing up to 3,500 new jobs.

The two office buildings will benefit from a dedicated entrance for cyclists who can access the basement directly from Leeds city centres cycle highway and benefit from extensive cycle facilities including 464 spaces, cycle repair station, studio wellbeing space and shower/locker facilities. From the outset, the development will have 100% EVCP car parking across 83 spaces.

The plans will deliver high quality, sustainable and energy efficient office buildings through design and construction, targeting the highest standards such as BREEAM outstanding and Nabers 6*.

“Leeds is a rapidly growing city, with a strong reputation in financial and business services. The city is fast becoming a headquarters location and our plans will bring forward green, best-in-class, innovative commercial space, with health, wellbeing and sustainability at the forefront, creating workplaces where people gather, collaborate and thrive.”

Tom Gilman, Regional Managing Director, McLaren Property

McLaren Living is also delivering another Build to Rent scheme in Leeds, bringing forward 375 units at the £85m Beck Yard scheme, located in the South Bank Regeneration area – a rapidly emerging residential and mixed-use quarter in the city centre.