- What First offices come forward at site purchased in 2015
- Why Working in partnership with the council on long-running scheme
- What next Hunt for tenants to begin
Developer Vastint has advanced plans for the first commercial space at the former Tetleys brewery, with the opening phase of 300,000 sq ft now put forward to Leeds City Council.
This first phase, now at reserved matters stage, is to include two blocks at plot MU3A, one of the development sites within the wider Aire Street brewery.
The blocks will be split between seven and eight storeys with 24,000 sq ft of commercial or flexible office space at ground floor level, with offices on the upper floors.
The buildings are intended to be multi-let with a column-free design by Ryder Architecture put forward; one block will have floorplates of around 9,300 sq ft with the other having nearly 18,000 sq ft of workspace per floor.
Vastint bought the site from Carlsberg in 2015 and has been working up plans to deliver a mixed-use scheme with the council since then. Outline planning consent for up to 850 homes, around 910,000 sq ft of employment space, 160,000 sq ft of leisure and retail, and up to 400 hotel beds was secured in December 2018.
The site was formerly used for warehousing, although this has now been cleared. The remainder is largely given over to surface car parking. The design team on the project also features Planit-IE while GL Hearn has advised on planning.
If the two blocks are delivered, this would leave around 610,000 sq ft of offices still to be built at the development site. Under Vastint’s timeline, construction work is set to begin in 2020. A pre-let is yet to be agreed.
The project is Switzerland-based Vastint’s third major scheme in the UK, following Sugar House Island in London and the Embankment site in Cardiff. The company is part of Interogo Holding, while its financial investments are conducted through Sweden-based NalkaInvestment and Inter Fund Management, based in Luxembourg.