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15 February 2024

Planning Submitted For Rob Burrow Centre For Motor Neurone Disease

Corstorphine & Wright has submitted plans for the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds (Yorkshire, UK) run by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The planning application follows extensive stakeholder engagement sessions to create a building that meets the vision of all those involved, including clinical staff, patients, and the wider MND community, as well as the Burrow family.

Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
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The centre has been funded by Leeds Hospitals Charity, through its Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease appeal which has now raised over £5.3 million of its £6.8 million target. It will be a hub of innovation, education and excellence in the treatment for MND for the region, bringing together holistic patient-centred care in a purpose-built environment.

The brand-new centre will see all MND services housed under one roof for the first time, in an accessible location conscious of the needs of those who visit. Supporting all aspects of the patient’s journey, the centre will create comfortable and peaceful surroundings for patients and their families, including spaces to reflect after sensitive conversations as well as places to engage and create positive moments.

The proposed building is arranged in three joined forms – an East and West Wing which house the primary clinical spaces, connected via a central atrium. This central space has been designed as a community focussed area with a mix of accommodation from reading and quiet spaces, as well as activity and dining areas. It will be a place for family members to use and will enable staff to observe patients in a more informal setting.

The first floor is designated as a staff area with a dedicated wellbeing space to provide staff working in the building with space away from the clinical areas – an important consideration when providing care to patients with such a challenging condition.

Externally, the building has presence, but still fulfills the requirements for a centre that feels like home. It takes references from the local vernacular in the form of red brick tiles and gabled roofs, providing texture to clean architectural forms. Internally, natural materials will blend throughout the spaces, adding further texture and helping to support the wellbeing of patients and staff using the building.

The new centre will make the most of the existing landscape features including mature trees and will provide landscaped gardens with access routes through zones with a mixture of textural planting which patients can engage with. It will also provide spaces for other therapy activities to take place as well as a memorial wall for private moments with projecting roof forms acting as a transitional zone for those entering and exiting the building. Targeting a sustainability rating of BREEAM “Excellent” the centre will also be built with a vision for the future, able to adapt to new innovations and treatments for MND patients as they emerge.

Architect and Associate Director at Corstorphine & Wright, Toby Ingle, said:

“As well as being adaptable for the future, one of the main visions of the new MND centre is to create a space for the MND community to come together to support one another, and this will remain at the heart of what it does. Engaging with what the community wants the new centre to be has fundamentally informed how we have designed the new building, from its location on the site and the materials we will build it from, to the furniture that we will specify and the colours and textures we will weave throughout the building and landscape. The Corstorphine & Wright team is honoured to be able to deliver this building for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Hospitals Charity and for the MND community, and the submission of the planning application marks a positive and exciting step forward in seeing it come to fruition.”

Craige Richardson, Director for Estates and Facilities, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said:

“Following extensive stakeholder engagement sessions, we are very pleased that the planning application for the new Motor Neurone Disease centre has been submitted to Leeds City Council. We hope our vision for this exemplary facility will be supported, having already received so much community backing. Once we move past this point, the landscape really starts to take shape, and we anticipate a rapid succession of activity over the next few months.”

To find out more about the Rob Burrow Centre for MND Appeal please visit: https://www.leedshospitalscharity.org.uk/mnd

About Corstorphine & Wright:

Corstorphine & Wright is an award-winning architectural practice with a team of expert architects and designers across eleven studios and is ranked at number 14 in the AJ100. We design to create that elusive ‘must-have’ quality, translating requirements, constraints and opportunities into places that are more than the sum of their parts. That way, you get intelligently-designed places – places that Invigorate communities and maximise long-term civic and commercial value. https://www.corstorphine-wright.com/

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19 Oct 2023
Consent Granted For Major Leeds Gateway Office Scheme As Developer Commits To Speculative Delivery

Wellington Plaza, former HQ building:
Wellington Plaza Leeds building
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A planning application to redevelop a landmark site in Leeds city centre to deliver 77,000 sq ft of prime, best in class workspace has been approved by Leeds City Council.

A Joint venture partnership between Asset Capital and Prescient Capital purchased Wellington Plaza, a prominent 1980’s former HQ building on Wellington Street, last year with plans for major redevelopment that would set new standards in business accommodation.

The partnership has confirmed its intent to fund and deliver the £50 million scheme speculatively with a start on site by early 2024. This transformation of one of the last remaining standalone gateway sites in the heart of Leeds’s West End business district is currently the only pipeline scheme of its calibre in the city centre to start on site in 2024.

Designed by Leeds based DLA Architecture, the approved plans will increase floor space availability from 21,000 sq ft to 77,000 sq ft with Grade A specification floorplates up to 10,000 sq ft. A total redesign of the buildings’ façade is influenced by the local conservation area and ESG credential targets including BREEAM Outstanding, minimum NABERS 5 Star, Fitwell 3 Star and Wired Score Platinum Certification.

The internal space is designed to support the post-pandemic hybrid way of working with total flexibility for occupiers fit out. Communal spaces will include a large roof top terrace, sky lounge, and business lounge linked into reception for occupiers and their guests.

Daniel Newett, CEO at Asset Capital, the developer, said,
“We are delighted to secure planning consent to redevelop this important building in Leeds city centre that has lain vacant for some time now. We have plans to not only bring the site in line with its neighbouring Grade A premises but surpass this with a specification that the city has not yet seen, redefining the term ‘super prime’.

“We are very much repurposing an existing building, in line with our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, to provide an inspirational, collaborative, sustainable and futureproof working environment that is worthy of a leading European city for business.”

Fox Lloyd Jones, strategic property advisors have been appointed joint office leasing agents for the scheme alongside Cushman & Wakefield and Knight Frank. Society Studios is appointed as branding and marketing consultants for the scheme.

Adam Cockroft at Cushman & Wakefield said,
“Wellington Plaza will offer much needed, new, super prime office accommodation with a level of specification and ESG credentials that Leeds city centre has not yet seen. Several pre-let discussions are already underway, confirming that the desirability for such high-quality workspace in a prime city centre location is still high.”

Nick Salkeld, Director at Fox Lloyd Jones, said,
“Wellington Plaza’s speculative development is a huge boost for the critically undersupplied Leeds office market. There remains an underlying ‘flight to quality’ with Grade A demand accounting for almost 80% of take up which has seen headline rents continue to rise. Wellington Plaza is the first of a new generation of offices coming forward in the pipeline which will set the benchmark for boutique ESG led workspace in the prime core and is already attracting pre-let interest.”

With an anticipated eighteen month build programme, the development is expected to achieve completion for occupation by the Spring 2026.

About Asset Capital

Asset Capital is a Leeds based private equity investor in property backed deals across all development sectors. It has formed strong and successful parternships with leading regional and national companies, providing them with both financial and industry expertise, underpinned by specialists focused on driving value and profit for stakeholders.

With shareholding in a number of property-backed joint ventures vehicles across property and construction, Asset Capital has amassed a strong development pipeline with a GDV of more than £5 billion.

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14 Nov 2022
Globe Point Leeds
Building architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS); Interior Designer: Ekho Studio
Globe Point Leeds Temple District building
photo : Tom Bird
Globe Point Leeds Temple District Property
Interior designers Ekho Studio have completed the 300 sq m ground floor amenity design that sets the tone at newly-completed Globe Point, the first of the CEG Group’s developments to be completed within the regenerated Temple district in Holbeck. The 37,800 sq ft, seven-storey, BREEAM Excellent and WiredScore Platinum office development – by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – is the first new-build office property to be delivered in Leeds this year and has been designed to provide next generation workspace for over 400 people in a striking flat iron design building with spectacular views across the city from its roof terrace gardens.

20 May 2022
Westbank Leeds, South Bank regeneration area
Design: DLA Architecture
Westbank Leeds South Bank office accommodation
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Westbank Leeds South Bank Commercial Property
Proposals were presented yesterday to Leeds City Council Plans Panel for a significant new £150 m mixed-use scheme on a prime site in the South Bank regeneration area of Leeds City Centre. On behalf of Joint venture partnership Stamford Property Holdings and Shelborn Asset Management, which acquired the site adjacent to Bridgewater Place last year, DLA Architecture presented new designs for the four-acre site that currently houses a three-storey call centre building with 117 car parking spaces.

13 May 2022
Whitelock Street Leeds Student Residences, North Leeds
Design: Howarth Litchfield Architects, Durham
Whitelock Street Leeds Student Residences
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Whitelock Street Leeds Student Residences
As regeneration begins on a disused site in Whitelock Street, north of Leeds city centre, Alumno is planning a wide-ranging programme of artists commissions for its new development to support the city’s growing student population.

5 May 2022
2022 RIBA Yorkshire Award Winners
2022 RIBA Yorkshire Award Winners

5 May 2022
Carnegie School of Sport
Design: Sheppard Robson
Carnegie School of Sport, West Yorkshire building - Leeds Architecture News
photo © Andrew Heptinstall
Carnegie School of Sport Leeds Beckett University

5 May 2022
Leeds Footbridge
Design: Gagarin Studio with DP Squared
Leeds Footbridge, West Yorkshire
photo © Andrew Wall
Leeds Footbridge

5 May 2022
Maggie’s Yorkshire
Design: Heatherwick Studio
Maggie’s Leeds, West Yorkshire building UK
photo © Hufton and Crow
Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre Building

5 May 2022
The Alice Hawthorn, Nun Monkton, Harrogate district of North Yorkshire
Design: De Matos Ryan
The Alice Hawthorn, North Yorkshire building
photo © Nick Hufton, Hufton and Crow
The Alice Hawthorn, Nun Monkton

15 Mar 2022
Pin Yard, Siddall Street, Holbeck Urban Village area
Pin Yard Leeds Apartments, Holbeck Urban Village
photo courtesy of Grainger plc
Pin Yard Leeds Apartments, Holbeck Urban Village
The UK’s largest listed provider of private rental homes, Grainger plc, is expanding its portfolio of build to rent properties in Leeds, with a stylish new residential development, Pin Yard, designed exclusively for the modern-day renter.

22 Feb 2022
RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2022 Shortlist News
Five projects have been shortlisted for the 2022 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Yorkshire Awards:

• Carnegie School of Sport, West Yorkshire, Sheppard Robson
• Courtyard House, West Yorkshire, Doma Architects
• Leeds Footbridge, West Yorkshire, Gagarin Studio with DP Squared
• Maggie’s Leeds, West Yorkshire, Heatherwick Studio
• The Alice Hawthorn, North Yorkshire, De Matos Ryan

Leeds Footbridge, West Yorkshire
photos © Andrew Wall

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3 Feb 2022
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Design: Perkins&Will with Penoyre & Prasad and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Northern England
image courtesy of the architects office
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Perkins&Will, led by Penoyre & Prasad with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, has signed a contract with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to design two new state-of-the-art hospitals on the site of Leeds General Infirmary (LGI). The appointment follows a competition held by the Trust in 2021 to find an architect to design its “Hospitals of the Future” project—one of 40 new hospitals that the U.K. government has committed to build by 2030 as part of its New Hospital Programme (NHP).

21 Jan 2022
Church Lane Cottage, Hutton Buscel, North Yorkshire
Design: Ian Hazard Architects
Church Lane Cottage Hutton Buscel England
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Church Lane Cottage, Hutton Buscel
The project at Church Lane Cottage is the extension to and internal alterations of an existing Grade II Listed building, within a Conservation Area in the North York Moors National Park.

7 Jan 2022
British Library Boston Spa
British Library Boston Spa
Leeds City Council granted planning permission for the large-scale redevelopment of the British Library’s site at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. A major construction project will transform the 44-acre site – originally a World War II armaments factory, and for the past six decades the northern home of the UK national library – into a modern archive capable of storing its growing collection for decades to come.

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26 Nov 2021
Lisbon Street Leeds Tower Building Development
Design: DLA Architecture
Lisbon Street Leeds Building Development
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Lisbon Street Leeds Tower Building Development
A £270 million development proposal to transform the former International Swimming Pool site at Lisbon Street in Leeds city centre has been granted full planning consent by Leeds City Council. The 2.8-acre strategic site, which has been used as a car park since the pools’ demolition in 2009, has been the subject of much scrutiny around its development potential due to its gateway location.

10 Nov 2021
Esther Simpson Building, Lyddon Terrace, Leeds University Business School and School of Law
Design: DLA Architecture
Esther Simpson Building Leeds University Business School
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Esther Simpson Building Leeds University
DLA Architecture has completed and handed over the much-anticipated Esther Simpson Building as the flagship new learning centre for Leeds University Business School and School of Law. The new building forms phase three of a multi-million-pound investment by the University to deliver technology-rich, collaborative, and inclusive new learning spaces to better equip students for working in a global environment.

14 July 2021
British Library site at Temple Works, Temple District
British Library Temple Works, South Bank Leeds Architecture News
photo © Harry Archer
British Library Temple Works Building, South Bank
The British Library’s ambitions for a major new public-facing centre for audiences and users in the north of England will take a significant step forward next week when senior councillors in Leeds are asked to back plans to inject up to £5m of funding into the project.

Leeds City Square Redevelopment Competition
Leeds City Square Redevelopment Competition

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11 Sep 2020
Leeds Playhouse
Design: Page\Park Architects
Leeds Playhouse by Page\Park architects
photograph : Jim Stephenson
Leeds Playhouse Building
The Leeds Playhouse has been transformed by a radical reconfiguration and extension of the existing building to create a new face for the organisation and improve accessibility for all.

16 Mar 2020
CEG Temple Scheme, Globe Road, Temple District
Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS)
Globe Point Leeds Architecture News: CEG Temple District
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Globe Point Leeds: CEG Temple District Scheme
CEG has appointed BAM Construction to deliver the first phase of its £350million development at Globe Road, Leeds, with a start on site confirmed for 30th March. It is the only announced speculative new build office completing in Leeds City Centre in 2021.

16 Feb 2020
National Railway Museum York Design Competition
National Railway Museum York Design Competition

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25 Nov 2019
New Student Hub for the University of Leeds
Dublin architecture office O’Donnell & Tuomey win this Yorkshire design competition:
University of Leeds Western Campus Competition

12 Aug 2019
The Wesley, Oxford Place
Project manager and principal designer: Faithful+Gould with PBA (architects) & HLM Architects (interiors)
The Wesley, Oxford Place Hotel, Leeds Architecture News
photo : Patrick Arends
The Wesley, Oxford Place Hotel
Faithful+Gould, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is working with the Methodist Church in Leeds on the £15m conversion of its historic Oxford Place building into an ethical and environmentally responsible hotel.

8 Aug 2019
Lakes and Dales RIBA Architecture Competition Winners News
Horton-in-Ribblesdale in Craven design by McMullan Studios
image courtesy of McMullan Studios
Lakes and Dales RIBA Architecture Competition Winners

18 Dec 2019
International Architecture Practice BDP Opens New Studio
Major international interdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice, BDP, has announced the opening of a new studio in Leeds following the delivery of a series of successful high-profile projects in the city. The studio will be led by Architect Associate, Vicky Casey, who has relocated from the business’ Sheffield studio:
BDP Leeds Architects Office News

26 July 2019
Leeds City Village Development
Design: Brewster Bye Architects
Leeds City Village development design
image courtesy of developer
Leeds City Village Development
The property companies behind a dynamic residential-led mixed use development on the site of Leeds’ first ever railway station, have now submitted a planning application for the scheme, which has been designed by Brewster Bye Architects.

12 June 2019
Competition to design new student ‘hub’ on the University of Leeds western campus.
RIBA Competitions is pleased to announce the launch of a design competition on behalf of the University of Leeds.
University of Leeds Western Campus Competition

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15 Feb 2018
Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, Bexley Wing, at St James’s University Hospital
Design: Heatherwick Studio
Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, building by Heatherwick Studio - Leeds Architecture News
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Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre Building
Construction of this innovative building has started on site. The Centre’s design consists of a series of contained gardens that will capture the therapeutic effect of plants and contrast with the more formal surrounding hospital buildings. The design will create a warm, informal interior space as well as an inspiring exterior to encourage positivity among Centre visitors and passers-by.

6 Feb 2018
Leeds Beckett University Creative Arts Building, Woodhouse Lane
Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Leeds Beckett University Creative Arts Building
image courtesy of architects
Leeds Beckett University Creative Arts Building
Work has begun on Leeds Beckett University’s £80m Creative Arts building – a new hub for creative education in the city. A ground-breaking ceremony for this state-of-the-art facility took place at the end of January.

30 Jan 2018
Phase 3 of Sheffield’s Park Hill Redevelopment
Park Hill Sheffield building
photo © Daniel Hopkinson
Park Hill Phase 3 Sheffield Development
The transformation of the Park Hill Estate is entering a new phase. To launch Phase 3 of the Estate’s regeneration, award-winning urban regeneration specialist Urban Splash has teamed up with student accommodation developer, Alumno Developments, to create accommodation for circa 350 students, new shops and facilities.

6 Dec 2017
Citu Home
Architects: White Arkitekter
Citu Home Leeds Architecture News
image courtesy of architects
Citu Home in Leeds
Sustainable urban developer Citu has unveiled the first CGIs and detailed designs for its groundbreaking Citu Home – a new timber framed housing system which will create one of the mostairtight and energy efficient homes in the world.

6 Nov 2017
Victoria Gate – World Architecture Festival Project of the Year
Architects: ACME
Victoria Gate Leeds Building News
image courtesy of Bennett Architectural
Victoria Gate Leeds Building
Victoria Gate wins the Retail Project of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin (WAF). The retail outlet won two awards earlier in the week at the Brick Awards 2017.

6 Nov 2017
Emerald Headingley Stadium Redevelopment
Design: DLA Architects; Structural engineering design: TRP Consulting
Emerald Headingley Stadium Leeds building design
image courtesy of architects
Emerald Headingley Stadium Redevelopment
Leading structural engineering specialist TRP Consulting has been appointed to the team that will deliver the £40million redevelopment of Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

3 Oct 2017
Environmentally friendly Office Project
Architects: DLA Design
Large Sustainable Office Development Leeds Architecture News
image courtesy of architects
Large Sustainable Office Development in Leeds
By taking a three-stage approach to sustainability – passive, active and renewable – a spectacular new office and leisure complex in Leeds is demonstrating how investing in a highly sustainable and innovative speculative building adds to market value and successfully attracts high-profile tenants keen to champion their own sustainability agenda.

2 Aug 2017
Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Design: Simpson & Brown Architects
Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum | www.e-architect.com
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Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum
The aim of the project was to upgrade the museum building to meet modern curatorial standards, encourage visitors into the ruins, and improve facilities. A glulam spruce central hall has been inserted into the existing L-shaped timber visitor centre.

12 Apr 2017
Sky Digital Centre of Excellence in Leeds – BCO Award
Design: BDG architecture + design, Architects
Sky Digital Centre of Excellence Leeds architecture news
photos © Gareth Gardner
Sky Digital Centre of Excellence in Leeds Building

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