Plans submitted for 46 storey apartment block in Holbeck

Leeds-based property developer Citylife has submitted plans for its Two Springwell Gardens development in Holbeck.

Standing at 46-storeys and comprising 604 one, two and three-bed apartments, as well as 279 sq m (3,000 sq ft) of commercial space, if planning is granted it will be the tallest building in Yorkshire at 142 m (466 ft).

Two Springwell Gardens will have a gross development value (GDV) of £175m and will surpass the county’s current tallest building, Bridgewater Place, also in Leeds, which stands at 112 m (367 ft).

Designed by Leeds-based Nick Brown Architects and set to be located on the corner of Springwell Road and Whitehall Road, the scheme sits between MEPC’s Wellington Place commercial and leisure development and CEG’s £350m Southbank development. It is also close to Leeds train station.

The tower will include 246 one-bed units; 301 two-bed units; and 57 three bed units. It will also incorporate ‘sky gardens’, shared amenity greenspace within the tower for residents, stretching over three floors.

The proposed scheme is adjacent to Citylife’s currently under construction 16-storey One Springwell Gardens development of 224 one, two and three-bed apartments. That project is scheduled to complete in 2022 and has a GDV of £50m.

A team from Yorkshire law firm Gordons advised Citylife on both One Springwell Gardens and Two Springwell Gardens, led by residential development partner, Michael Finnett. Planning specialist solicitor, Mark Blackburn, advised on the applications to Leeds City Council for both schemes. In addition, Gordons’ residential conveyancing team is currently handling plot sales for One Springwell Gardens.

Citylife director, Antony Georgallis, said:

“We are very pleased to submit our plans to further create a vibrant and sustainable community on Whitehall Road. We would like to thank Leeds City Council for working with us and to help develop our vision for the site as part of the planning process.

“Two Springwell Gardens has a bold visual identity thanks to a distinctive sale-like façade. By being brave with our design, if planning is granted, we will contribute towards a new skyline for the city. In addition, we will deliver vertical sky gardens, high specification apartments, private roof terraces and courtyards which will combine to deliver a powerful sense of place and community.

“We work closely with Michael, Mark and the Gordons team on all aspects of our residential development requirements. We are always provided with fast, effective, commercial advice, no matter who we deal with at the firm.”

Established in 2015, Citylife currently has three developments in Leeds comprising 631 apartments and with a combined GDV of £145m.

You can see the full planning application by clicking here. Comments, either supporting or objecting to the scheme, can be made online until Thursday 25 June 2020. Please note that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Leeds City Council is not accepting written representations made by post at present.


This post is based on a press release issued on behalf of Citylife


4 Replies to “Plans submitted for 46 storey apartment block in Holbeck”

  1. How much more building work is to be carried out in my birth/home City?!
    At least this isn’t Student accommodation though!

  2. Was wondering if you would pick up on this one. I cannot for the life of me understand WHY. What type of people do they think will want to live in these in Holbeck.

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