£30 Million office and hotel development for Leeds / June, 2012

A £30 million ten storey office and hotel development in Leeds City Centre has been designed by the Wakefield office.

Whitehall Plaza, which is being brought forward by Gregory Projects and Marshalls of Elland, will be built on a vacant 0.6 acre site in front of No1 Whitehall Riverside and opposite the proposed Wellington Place development. Proposals for the scheme include the provision of a 130-bed hotel with ancillary restaurant as well as 50,000 sq. ft Grade A office accommodation with associated basement parking. Premier Inn have confirmed that they will operate the hotel.

The layout incorporates a grand entrance fronting Whitehall Road, with a separate entrance for the hotel restaurant and bar facilities. Carl Braim, architect comments: “We have provided designs that create a viable and sustainable development. Overall, we have taken a minimal design approach that incorporates a visual finish of large pale cladding, providing a contrast to the adjacent red brick buildings that lie to the East. External works will include complementary landscaping, extended road access and the provision of a new cycle route.”

The office element is designed to achieve a minimum standard of BREEAM Very Good, with the overall building providing a minimum of 10% of its overall energy consumption from on site renewable sources.