Green Light For Landmark Hotel Plans

Courtesy: Stephen Farrell | News Source: insidermedia.com

Plans for a 15-storey hotel together with bar, restaurant and conference facilities at a landmark location in Leeds, have been given the go-ahead.

Hammerson submitted plans to Leeds City Council in October 2019 for the new hotel at its Victoria Gate retail and leisure development.

Its proposals is for a 205-bed hotel across 15 floors, featuring conference facilities, meeting rooms, restaurant space, entrance lobby and bar lounge.

The hotel would support 50 full- and part-time jobs on completion, as well as up to 980 roles during construction.

The development forms part of Hammerson's City Quarters concept, which aims to create mixed-use neighbourhoods at its existing flagship destinations.

Planning permission was granted by the council's City Plans Panel yesterday (30 January), subject to conditions and completion of a Section 106 Agreement. The approval was in line with a recommendation from the council's planning officer.

Robin Dobson, UK director of development and project management at Hammerson, said: "Delivering on our City Quarters concept is a key priority for Hammerson and this is our third planning consent in the last twelve months. Not only does this mark an important step in our wider plans to create a thriving new cultural quarter in Leeds City Centre, it also demonstrates progress in our wider strategy to support our existing assets by moving beyond pure retail."

Hammerson said it was currently in discussions with an international hotel brand to bring a new boutique hotel to Leeds for visitors and professional travellers.

The building has been designed by ACME, which was also the architects' practice behind Victoria Gate.

Friedrich Ludewig, director at ACME, added: 'We are pleased that planning permission has been granted for the Victoria Gate Hotel. Hammerson and ACME have worked over the last decade to start the transformation of this part of the city centre, creating new links between existing commercial and cultural uses.

"The hotel is a key part of this strategy, creating a bookend opposite John Lewis and the Leeds Playhouse, closing the existing urban gap and creating a visual landmark for the area."

Hammerson's mixed-use masterplan for Birmingham city centre, Martineau Galleries, also received consent this week. 

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