New images of what the remodelled Leeds Station could look like have been released.
The rejuvenated station will receive new entrances, a new central common concourse and new platforms as part of its £500 million refurbishment to prepare it for the arrival of the HS2 high-speed railway link in 2033.
Leeds Station will also benefit from new public space, a new roof, a new footbridge, external landscaping and the creation of a surrounding station campus for commercial, residential and leisure developments.
Additionally, the masterplan lays out the potential for three million sq ft of new commercial development around the station, with a further 7,000 sq m of leisure and retail space.
These new images are the work of Atkins, who will lead a consortium of global design, engineering and project management consultants on the planning and design work for the remodelling of Leeds Station.
The consortium also comprises Gensler, Bilfinger GVA, Faithful + Gould, Albion Economics and BAM Construction.
One of the major challenges facing the consortium is how to incorporate high-speed HS2 and Northern Powerhouse (HS3) rail services with national, regional and local transport services.
Using a ‘T-shape’ platform design, the masterplan will need to create a user-friendly single hub station promoting all forms of connectivity, with a design that reflects the unique character of Leeds.
Leeds Station is the busiest transport hub in the north of England, serving 100,000 passengers every day, and that is set to more than double over the next 30 years.
Mike McNicholas, managing director for infrastructure at Atkins, commented: “The Leeds Station district will be one of the largest integrated transport hubs in the UK.
“It will bring together HS2, the classic railway, buses, coaches and taxis into a single place, enabling easier journeys between cities in the Northern Powerhouse and around Leeds itself.
“The bold vision for the district will ensure Leeds remains a key gateway to the north and surrounding areas.”
Approximately 13,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the West Yorkshire city as a result of the station’s redevelopment.