£350 million project set to start on site as Temple district launches
CEG has selected BAM Construction as preferred contractor for the first phase of its £350million developments at Globe Road. This will include a 38,000 sq ft speculative development incorporating office space with ground floor break out space, retail and leisure.
The news was announced last night (25/09/19) at the launch of Temple. Temple is a new district within the city centre and forms a key part of the South Bank Regeneration Area of Leeds adjacent to Leeds Railway Station. It includes the 8.69 acre sites around Water Lane and Globe Road which CEG secured planning permission for last year, as well as the historic Grade 1 listed Temple Mill, which was acquired in early 2018.
Temple will be a new neighbourhood, forging its own identity and character, attracting the city’s pioneers and creatives once again. It puts Marshall’s Temple Mill at its heart, picking up on the spirit of change and innovation that characterised the area in its industrial heyday. More than a regeneration project, it is a new way of living and working in the city that will form a vital part of its future economic and social well-being.
Temple brings back to life weave and texture as a nod to this area of the city’s legacy of wool and flax spinning, weaving and tailoring, particularly as the Water Lane site housed John Marshall’s (king of the flax industry) first two Mills in this area of Holbeck in the eighteenth century.
The colour palette and font reflect Egyptian styling which was the inspiration for the 1840’s Temple Mill building. Meanwhile, the LS1.1 tagline portrays the important connectivity the CEG developments will deliver between Holbeck (LS11) and the city centre core (LS1) as it expands south of the river, bringing people closer to jobs, new homes and amenities and making it easier and more attractive to walk or cycle from Holbeck to the waterfront, railway station and the city centre whilst retaining the historical area’s identity.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The development of the South Bank area represents one of the biggest regeneration opportunities in the city’s history and is among the most important growth initiatives in the country.
“By unlocking the massive economic potential of this historic area, we can double the size of our city centre, connect our communities, bring thousands of new jobs and opportunities to Leeds and create an inclusive, diverse and vibrant new hub for people of all ages and abilities.”
“The Temple area will be a pivotal part of this ambition, bringing together the best of Leeds’s storied industrial heritage with modern, state-of-the-art design and innovation. We’re are excited to be supporting this development and look forward to working with CEG and our partners to make this vision a reality.”
Nick Lee, Development Director of CEG, explains: “Temple will reconnect Holbeck with the heart of the city. It captures John Marshall’s pioneering and innovative approach and, as this area was instrumental in Leeds’s industrial revolution, shows how it can set a benchmark for the city’s development as it moves south.
“This first phase of Temple will offer the highest quality working environment. Having secured the best Commercial Workplace in the UK award at Kirkstall Forge we intend to harness CEG’s understanding of what our customers need for their business to thrive and ensure we yet again deliver that in a contemporary, flexible and unique way.”
Following further detailed design work, BAM will start building the first 38,000 sq ft striking office development at Globe Point in early 2020. The second phase, which also has detailed planning permission, could come forwards simultaneously and agents Fox Lloyd Jones and Knight Frank are identifying occupiers now. This building would offer 138,168 sq ft with ground floor retail and leisure.
CEG recognises that the way businesses occupy workspace has changed dramatically over the last five years. This is largely driven by business placing people and technology at the heart of their decision making. As long-term investment managers CEG takes a very different approach to the design, construction and management of the office buildings to reflect an ethos of creating enduring, positive relationships with occupiers.
As well as offering corporate and headquarter space, CEG will also deliver its studio concept, offering all-inclusive flexible, fully furnished and comms ready workspace with kitchens, break-out and meeting areas for small and medium sized businesses.
CEG also has outline planning permission for further development of up to 1.1million sq ft of offices, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, hotel and up to 750 new homes. This, along with innovative outdoor plazas and green spaces will create a thriving, vibrant and welcoming space to enjoy for those who will live, work and visit.
Stirling prize winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is working with CEG to masterplan Temple. Inspiring buildings, innovative outdoor spaces and improved connectivity between Holbeck, to Temple Works and then, via the Grade II listed bridge whose retention CEG has secured, over Hol Beck into this thriving development, will transform this major new city centre district.
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