£350 million project set to start on site as Temple District launches
Leeds, 26 September 2019 – CEG has selected BAM Construction as preferred contractor for the first phase of its £350 million developments at Globe Road. This will include a 38,000 sq ft speculative development incorporating office space with ground floor break out space, retail and leisure.
Following further detailed design work, BAM will start building the first 38,000 sq ft striking office development at Globe Point in early 2020. The second phase, which also has detailed planning permission, could come forwards simultaneously and agents Fox Lloyd Jones and Knight Frank are identifying occupiers now. This building would offer 138,168 sq ft with ground floor retail and leisure.
Globe Point is based in a new district within the city centre – Temple - forming a key part of the South Bank Regeneration Area of Leeds, adjacent to Leeds trains station.
It includes the 8.69 acre sites around Water Lane and Globe Road which CEG secured planning permission for last year, as well as the historic Grade 1 listed Temple Mill, which was acquired in early 2018.
Temple will bring back to life weave and texture as a recognition of this area of the city’s legacy of wool and flax spinning, weaving and tailoring, particularly as the Water Lane site housed John Marshall’s (king of the flax industry) first two Mills in this area of Holbeck in the eighteenth century.
BAM, which is currently listed by independent sources as the largest contractor in Yorkshire, is also behind two current schemes for Leeds University, and the remodelling of the Yorkshire Playhouse. Internationally the company is 150 years old this year. It delivered its first project in Yorkshire in 1933, the massive Thorpe Arch munitions factory, and opened a permanent office in Leeds in 1966.
Stirling prize winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is working with CEG to masterplan Temple. Inspiring buildings, innovative outdoor spaces and improved connectivity between Holbeck, to Temple Works and then, via the Grade II listed bridge whose retention CEG has secured, over Hol Beck into this thriving development, will transform this major new city centre district.
John Phillips, Director of BAM Construction in the North East, said: ‘This is an imaginative and bold scheme and any contractor would be excited to be involved with it. It’s great to see the regenerative ambition and for us, as a historic contractor, the respect shown to the region’s industrial past is inspiring. BAM is all about building considerately and using our opportunity to enhance lives and we will bring our modern attitudes and technical capabilities to the table and look forward to working with our partners.’