Leeds construction scheme takes step forward

Leeds construction scheme takes step forward

The 744-unit Holbeck village apartment development has taken a step forward after the appointment of construction services firm Interserve to work on the scheme.

Interserve has been handed a £70 million contract by developer Dandara for the four-block project just south of the River Aire near Leeds city centre. It will work with civils firm Northfield Construction on the scheme, which is set to be concluded in 2019. 

The project will consist of one, two and three-bedroom flats and will be a part of the wider redevelopment of the Holbeck area and the Aire valley around the edge of the city centre. 

Speaking about the project, Interserve's chief executive Debbie White said: "This contract is an exciting addition to Interserve's growing portfolio of accommodation projects and adds to our already extensive presence in the Yorkshire region.

"We look forward to playing a central role in the regeneration of Leeds city centre, and creating much-needed new homes in the area."

The project is far from the only one set to take place in Holbeck, part of which has been rebranded the 'South Bank'. Last week, developer CEG unveiled plans for a major mixed-use redevelopment of a 3.52 hectare plot in the area, including 750 homes in towers of up to 40 storeys, as well as new retail and commercial space. CEG said the development of the former industrial district could be a catalyst for a doubling of the size of Leeds city centre. 

It is not just to the south of the city centre that new developments are taking pace. Just to the east, the Saxton Gardens area could be set for 300 new apartments built on a private rental scheme basis.

Developer Neighbour is proposing to construct two blocks on the district that will be between eight and 14 storeys in height and linked by an undercroft, which will also feature shops, a GP surgery and access to parking. 

The area is in the Aire Riverside development zone, which has been earmarked as suitable for new housing by the city council.