South Bank, Leeds

Hydrock’s multi-disciplinary engineering capability has been instrumental in supporting developer, X1 with their successful planning submission for a £210m mixed-use development in the South Bank area of Leeds.

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The X1 South Bank scheme is located on Hunslet Road on the former Evans Halshaw site adjacent to the Leeds Dock. In five buildings of 6 – 20 storeys it will provide over 900 homes, cafes, restaurants, retail and office space. Leeds City Council unanimously granted planning permission for the scheme which will be built over five phases and supports the area’s ongoing regeneration. 

Led by Hydrock’s team in Manchester, we have delivered a wide range of advice and reports to support the planning submission. In totality, our contribution has covered: site investigation reports and geotechnical advice; transport assessments and travel plans; a flood risk assessment; mechanical and electrical design; acoustic studies; air quality studies; utilities analysis; wind and microclimate studies; daylight and sunlight studies; and energy and sustainability statements.

Our transport team played a significant role in liaising with Highways England to achieve a rapid sign-off for the scheme which is located in the heart of Leeds city centre. 

The wider planning and design team included DK Architects, Turley Associates, Planit-IE and Savills. Together we worked with the council to ensure that the development meets all requirements for publicly accessible green space and amenities and achieves its objective of creating a thriving new sustainable community hub.

Leeds City Council is currently transforming South Bank through a project that aims to double the size of the city centre by delivering 8,000 homes and 35,000 new jobs, as well as world-class green space. This development will be located next to the recently approved City Park and more than a fifth of the site will be publicly accessible space.

Image courtesy of DK Architects and 'The Collective'