August 22, 2013
Work is to begin on the development of the troubled former Lumiere site in the centre of Leeds after it was acquired by new owners. As we reported back in March, planning permission was granted as a way of resurrecting the site for a 195,000 sq. ft. mixed-use scheme including over 130,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, which will at a stroke increase the supply of available office space in Leeds city centre by more than half. The original plans to build Europe’s tallest residential tower on the site fell through in 2008 in the wake of the economic slump. The new Central Square scheme will consist of two new building up to 11 storeys high which will create an initial 130,000 sq. ft. of office space with outline consent for 64,000 sq. ft. for either office or hotel use.