Planning approved for Lisbon Street scheme in Leeds

Developers secure full planning permission for a new development on Lisbon Street in Leeds – which includes two Build to Rent buildings.

CGI of Lisbon Street development in Leeds - DLA Architecture | BTR News
CGI of Lisbon Street development in Leeds. Image credit: Rockhunter Ltd.

A 2.8-acre, £270m development proposal to transform the former International Swimming Pool site at Lisbon Street in Leeds city centre has been granted full planning consent by Leeds City Council.

Plans for Lisbon Street include two Build to Rent buildings of 33 and 22 storeys which will deliver 629 apartments, a 24-storey student accommodation building with 548 bed spaces,  a 15-storey, 120 key aparthotel with 22,000 sq ft of co-working office space & 131,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, along with further retail and leisure provisions. Construction is ear-marked to start in spring 2022.

The Build to Rent buildings will incorporate a connected ground floor space to provide amenities – such as a concierge reception, co-working spaces, lounges, entertainment spaces, wellbeing centre, extensive cycle storage and first floor external garden terrace. These ancillary areas, which are substantial and much larger than local authority guidelines, are designed to ensure community engagement – as well as support wellbeing. 

“We are delighted to secure full consent for the vital transformation of this important site which has been underutilised to its true potential for too many years. These proposals play a key role in bringing more investment and growth into the west end of the city centre and complete the crucial missing link.

“We have collaborated closely with DLA Architecture to refine our design to meet the changing needs of occupiers and maintain momentum despite current economic challenges. The Lisbon Street development will remove an unsightly site and deliver high-quality architecture and public realm, whilst creating an attractive and distinctive urban development in its own right. The scheme will reinforce the confidence in the continuing regeneration of the area, acting as a catalyst for further on-going investment and regeneration.”

Mark Barnes, Marrico’s Partner

Plans for the Lisbon Street development also includes improvements to the existing pedestrian and cycle way to the edge of the site. Over 55% of the site is to remain landscaped with engaging public realm installations with a significant landscaped public square being the focus point of the scheme.

Leeds established DLA Architecture – who have expert knowledge of Leeds’ architectural landscape – has designed the landmark development on behalf of Lisbon Street Developments – a joint venture partnership between Marrico Asset Management and Helios Real Estate. DLA Architecture has a long-standing professional relationship with Marrico having already advised on its other major Leeds schemes.  

DLA Architecture submitted proposals for Lisbon Street earlier this year, fulfilling a pre-requisite that the scheme incorporates strong public realm with strong linkages to neighbouring West End sites such as Wellington Place.

“We are thrilled to secure this planning consent to enable us to deliver an inspiring new environment deserving of this critical site in Leeds city centre. There was a pre-requisite that we balance commercially viable accommodation with strong public realm.

“Our design creates a family of four different buildings with individual, contextual character but harmonised through a common architectural language, with a tonal colour shift across the site moving from the Conservation area and Leeds’ traditional red brick hues to a paler, more contemporary palette towards the West End. The scheme embodies the joint vision for a 24/7 destination supporting sustainable growth, offering a dynamic transition between the city centre’s financial core and neighbouring residential localities.”

Mark Redfern, Head of Design, DLA Architecture

The full project delivery team includes DLA Architecture, Re-form Landscape Architecture, Quod, CSD, Curtins, RBA, Turley, Brooks Ecological, Stroma Building Control, Jensen Hughes, Hydrock, Apex Acoustics, Windtech and AA Projects.