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Buildings in Leeds

List of tallest buildings in Leeds

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Leeds is one of the United Kingdom's fastest growing cities. This growth is reflected in the increasingly prominent skyline of the city. Leeds currently has four hundred-metre buildings either existing or under construction, with another four planned for construction in the near future.

As is the case with many English cities, much of Leeds's skyline comprises 1960s residential tower blocks. However, current development trends include upmarket apartments and expanding office space to facilitate economic growth.

Currently, the tallest building in Leeds is Bridgewater Place at 110 m. Proposed high-rise buildings include Lumiere which began construction in early 2007 prior to its postponement in July 2008. The Criterion Place twin-tower complex (180 m and 118 m) was also proposed for construction but has been cancelled due to the prevailing economic conditions. Currently, the tallest building under active development is The Plaza Tower at 103 m.

The oldest building on the list is Leeds Town Hall, constructed in 1858. The newest is Bridgewater Place, built in 2007.

History of tallest buildings in Leeds

Held record Name and Location Constructed Height (m) Height (ft) Notes
From To
1841 1858 Leeds Parish Church 1841 35 115 The only C of E church in the UK to have a daily choral service.
1858 1966 Leeds Town Hall 1858 69 226 One of the tallest Town Halls in the United Kingdom.
1966 1973 Park Plaza Hotel Leeds 1965–1966 77 253 Also called Royal Exchange House.
1973 2005 West Riding House 1972–1973 80 262 The tallest building in Leeds for 32 years.
2005 Bridgewater Place 2004–2007 110 360 The tallest building in Yorkshire and the North East.

Tallest buildings in Leeds

The tallest current standing buildings (August 2008).

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year
1 Bridgewater Place 110 360 32 2007
2 Opal Tower 82 269 26 2008
3 West Riding House 80 262 20 1973
=4 Park Plaza Hotel Leeds (formerly known as Royal Exchange House) 77 252 20 1966 (extensively refurbished 2004)
=5 Tower North Central (formerly known as Tower House) 77 252 20 1967 (reclad 2003-2004)
=6 Cottingley Towers (Morley) 72 236 25 1972
=7 Cottingley Heights (Morley) 72 236 25 1972
8 Leeds Town Hall 69 226 25 1858
9 Clarence House 66 216 20 2007
=10 K2 (formerly known as Dudley House) 65 213 20 1972 (extensively refurbished early 2000s)
=11 West Point (formerly known as Royal Mail House) 65 213 17 1975 (extensively refurbished 2003-2005)
12 City Island Phase 2 61 200 20 2008
13 Parkinson Building 57 187 5 1951
14 West One (Formerly Castle House aka BT Building) 56 184 14 Late 1980s
15 Blue 54 177 14 2004
16 British Gas Building 53 174 14 1960's (due for demolition in the future with replacement of the New York Towers scheme)
=17 City House 52 170 15 1962 (currently under plans for an extensive refurbishment)
=18 Bond Court (formerly Sun Alliance House) 52 170 13 1970s
=19 Leeds Metropolitan University Block F 52 170 13 1960s
=20 Whitehall Riverside 50 164 16 2004
=21 Leeds Metropolitan University Block C 50 164 12 1960s
=22 Merrion House 50 164 12 1964

Tallest future developments

This list comprises buildings which are under construction or approved for construction (August 2008).

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year (Estimated Completion)
1 Lumiere Tower 1 172 564 55 On-hold
2 Lumiere Tower 2 113 371 33 On-hold
3 The Plaza Phase II 103 337 37 2009
=4 Bleinheim Walk (also known as Broadcasting Place) 69 226 23 2009
=5 Granary Wharf Building C 69 226 22 2008/2009
6 One Saint Peters Square 49 160 16 2008/2009
7 Granary Wharf Building A 47 154 15 2008/2009
8 Echo Central 1 46 151 15 2008
9 1 Brewery Wharf 39 128 13 2008

List of tallest proposed developments

This list comprises buildings which are not yet approved for construction (August 2008).

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors
1 Millgarth Tower 190 - 210 623 - 689 55 - 65
2 City 1 112 367 37
3 New York Road Tower 1 110 361 37
4 New York Road Tower 2 105 344 35
5 New York Road Tower 3 87 285 29
6 Gateway South 82 269 26
7 Monkbridge Forge Main Tower 70 230 23
8 New York Road Tower 4 69 226 23
9 Wellington Place Block 14 60 197 15
10 City Square House 56 184 14

Tall buildings which were cancelled or were visions

  • Briggate Tower - 94 m (circa 1938, cancelled due to World War Two, site now occupied by Marks and Spencer)
  • EMI Westgate Tower - 36 storeys (circa 1970, around 120-140 metres in height, cancelled for excessive height, site now occupied by 1980s Westgate Point development)
  • Triple Five Leeds Development - Height unknown (circa 1989, planned complex in Holbeck including shopping, residential and offices which was to include a number of high rise buildings of unspecified height, cancelled)
  • Norman Foster plan for Criterion Place for Royal London Insurance - circa 60-70m (proposed 1994, development on site cancelled)
  • plan for Criterion Place - circa 80m (2004, runnerup scheme for Criterion Place competition)
  • Rushbond & DLA Architects plan for Criterion Place - circa 110m (2004, runnerup scheme for Criterion Place competition)
  • Kite Tower - 90 m (vision from 2005 since superseded by The Spiracle)
  • Mayfair Tower - 98 m (cancelled 2006 due to failure to make profitable)
  • Brunswick Place - 91 m and 85 m (vision from 2006 for a redevelopment of this former Leeds Metropolitan University site)
  • Providence Tower - 100 m (cancelled 2007 due to failure to make it profitable)
  • The Spiricle - 80 m / 262 ft / 25 storeys (cancelled 2008 due to failure to make it profitable)
  • Simons Estates and Ian Simpson plan for Criterion Place - 180 m (591 ft) & 118 m (387 ft) or 53 and 33 storeys (originally 160 m (525 ft) and 105 m (345 ft) or 47 and 29 storeys) - (cancelled 2008 due to termination of contract by Leeds City Council)

Demolished Buildings

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