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Granary Wharf, Leeds, United Kingdom

Friday 24 Apr 2009

Key Leeds regeneration project tops off

Granary Wharf by Carey Jones Architects in Leeds, United Kingdom
Rendering of Candle House 
Granary Wharf by Carey Jones Architects in Leeds, United Kingdom Granary Wharf by Carey Jones Architects in Leeds, United Kingdom
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11/10/09 Jeff Gleisner, Leeds
Granary Wharfe deserved better than being turned into yet another privatised, boring Leeds space. It was so much better when there was nothing there except the periodic eruptions of festival life. Iff any development was necessary, an 'art house' cinema would have been far better use of he land than yet another flat and hotel development. GW's location probably ensures that it won't be another Clarence Dock - a souless Leeds misdevelopment if ever there was one - but it could have been so much better. Sure the new buildings - or at least two of them (the rotunda-like block of flats and City Inn) are nice, but they are out of completely scale with the location. Also having walked around the area recently, I was dismayed, though frankly not surprised, to find that there is no public seating anywhere in the new development. The only outside places to sit, it seems, are to be attached to drinking and eating establishments. Oh well, just have to take my deck chair down with me ... ...
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Granary Wharf nearing completion 

This week saw the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the newest edition to the Leeds skyline, careyjones architects’ striking residential tower at Granary Wharf for ISIS Waterside Regeneration.

The Granary Wharf development, comprising three separate buildings, is one of only a few Leeds city centre schemes that is on schedule for completion this year. ISIS Chairman Nigel Franklin said; “Our belief that people want outstanding quality in exceptional locations has never been shaken, even through the housing crisis. Customers tell us that they have been waiting years for a scheme like this: I am glad we had faith in our beliefs. The city's regeneration plans for the area are first class. ISIS is the very proud custodian of granary wharf which sits at the heart of them.”

New names were also announced for the two distinctive residential buildings; careyjones innovative ‘twisting’ tower will be known as Candle House, a reference to the candle and tallow packing warehouses once located on the wharf side; and the 14 storey building designed by CZWG Architects named Waterman’s Place.

Director at careyjones architects, Simon Clarke, said: “It is great to see the Granary Wharf masterplan emerging as the three buildings take their place in this fantastic gateway location. We are extremely proud of our work with ISIS and to be ‘topping out’ such a visually striking building that will create an impressive addition to the Leeds skyline.”

Cllr Carter added: “These are testing times for any city undertaking ambitious regeneration plans and Leeds is no exception, which is why the topping out milestone is particularly significant.”

What will be Leeds’ largest hotel, City Inn, incorporating the city’s only ‘sky’ bar with 360degree views, will stand between Candle House and Waterman’s Place is due to open in July 2009. The area also will benefit from the transformation of Neville Street, a main gateway to Granary Wharf, due to complete this autumn and the installation of a keenly anticipated walkway from Granary Wharf directly into Leeds train station, expected in 2012.

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