South Bank Leeds sits at the heart of a fast-growing city centre economy – the highest density employment location in the Leeds City Region and a hub for knowledge intensive business services. With over 600,000 square feet of Grade A office space under construction, a £500 million boom in retail and the North’s busiest train station, Leeds city centre is one of the most important and successful business locations outside London. South Bank Leeds will provide 35,000 jobs in one of the most exciting, dynamic cities in the country.
Expanding Leeds city centre
South Bank Leeds provides an outstanding opportunity to expand the city centre, offering massive potential for business and residential developments, alongside parks, public spaces and buildings that the city can be proud of. A new approach to the way the city moves will see better pedestrian and cyclist access being achieved by proposing ambitious moves such as a new city boulevard, removing traffic from City Square and introducing a new city park which acts as a place to socialise as well as improving accessibility.
The introduction of HS2 to form a new integrated Leeds City Station will provide a number of business and leisure opportunities which will boost Leeds economy.
A thriving creative sector
Leeds' creativity and strong independent sector is reflected within the current inhabitants of the South Bank. There is already a long list of creative organisations who are flourishing in the South Bank such as Duke Studios, True North and The Tetley. Organisations such as these spur on development in the area, with their innovative ways of working making Leeds a more elaborate destination to work.
The Leeds education hub and the four universities in the city attract people from all over the world to work and study. It is the retention of such individuals that will continue to improve Leeds' creative sector enhancing services and events in the South Bank and across Leeds.
Local and global
Alongside local success stories, South Bank Leeds is home to the European headquarters of ASDA; the regional offices of major professional services firms such as DWF, Eversheds and EY; and the new base for Sky’s national digital solutions centre.
The area continues to attract huge interest from investors. Citu have proposed a £125m Climate Innovation District in the area, Commercial Estate Group have acquired the Holbeck Portfolio Sites and are proposing a major mixed-use development, and Vastint are making their only UK investment outside London at the 22 acre Tetley Brewery Site, demonstrating the opportunity Leeds has to offer.
With one of the largest transport interchanges in the country being located here, South Bank Leeds offers a unique opportunity for businesses to locate in one of the most dynamic places in the country.
The regeneration of South Bank is already taking place, and it is establishing itself as a dynamic place for investment, jobs, homes and leisure.
‘South Bank Leeds offered us an opportunity to renovate an amazing heritage building close to the city centre. People say our building feels more New York or Melbourne and we’re looking forward to seeing the South Bank develop in more of an international way.’
Laura Wellington, director at Duke Studios