New public square designs unveiled at Wellington Place

Designs have been unveiled for Tower Square, Leeds’ newest public square, which will be at the heart of Wellington Place.

Tower Square will stretch from the historic Wagon Hoist building to Whitehall Road, and, at 54,000 sq ft, is set to become one of the largest and most prominent public spaces in central Leeds. Landscaped trees and planting will provide a natural setting for people to enjoy the ground floor shops, flexible seating and free WiFi.

The Wagon Hoist, which dates back to 1850, will be located at the heart of the space as a reminder of the city’s industrial roots and will be a fitting backdrop to connect Leeds’ newest office development.

Tower Square is set to host an array of exciting new community and charity events and activities as well as public art displays and installations to reflect the rich history of the site.

The new Square, is part of the next phase of the Wellington Place development funded by CPPIB and Hermes Investment Management and developed by MEPC is set to open during the first quarter of 2016.

James Dipple, Chief Executive, MEPC said: “We see Leeds’ newest public square as being a truly unique urban space for everyone to enjoy. Our aim is to create a natural setting which not only connects Wellington Place, its history, buildings and all those who work in them, but is also a place for the people of Leeds to meet, eat, shop, relax and enjoy. We are excited to be creating what will be a superb and welcoming addition to our thriving city.”

Development around the square is in full swing with 6 Wellington Place overlooking the square currently being built.

When completed, it will offer six floors totalling 106,000 sq ft of office and retail space with a stunning glass atrium, open light flexible floor plates, and floor to ceiling windows to capture as much natural light as possible.

Global law firm Squire Patton Boggs has already agreed terms for two floors totalling 32,000 sq ft and will relocate its Leeds’s based staff from its offices on Park Lane during early 2016.

The building’s neighbour – 10 Wellington Place completed in April 2014 – is now 80 per cent let with just 7,685 sq ft remaining.

James Dipple, MEPC added: “We are on track with ourdevelopment plans as we continue to create and build Leeds’ business community. 6 Wellington Place has already proved popular with the recent signing of Squire Patton Boggs. We are building for the future and Tower Square and 6 Wellington Place will be a stunning addition to our already well established development.”
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