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Plans released for £500mn Leeds Station upgrade

Images of Atkins and Gensler’s proposed revamp of Leeds Station for HS2 have been released.

Leeds City Council’s executive board has approved a Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan developed with partners including Transport for the North, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail.

This sets out proposals for an 'internationally significant gateway hub' which would integrate national, regional and local transport services including HS2.

Council chiefs want to develop more than 280,000 sq m of shops, offices and restaurants in Leeds city centre to coincide with the new high-speed line terminus.

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Council leader Judith Blake said: “These fantastic new images of what Leeds Station could look like show not only its exciting future as a distinct and welcoming gateway to the city, but how important it is to get this right by putting people and the visitor experience at the heart of all the plans.

“It must provide a step-change not only for the future of transport and connectivity in our city and region, but also as a key economic driver for our future economy providing opportunities for all to benefit through a clear people-first approach.”

The internal and external indicative images show what the station may look like based on the set of principles for the masterplan.

These include new entrances, a new central common concourse, new platforms, 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.

The new-look station aims to provide a seamless interchange for passengers changing trains, with the increased capacity and high-speed rail services resulting in huge increases in passenger and user numbers for the station.

Consultant Atkins is leading a consortium of design, engineering and project management consultants on the planning and design work for the new gateway station complex.

They include Gensler’s acting as lead for transport and infrastructure, and Hiro Aso as lead architect, who was behind the redevelopment of King’s Cross Station in London.

Aso has himself also produced a sketch of how the new main station entrance could look which has also been released.

The city centre’s road network would also be remodelled with adjoining streets and those under the station being pedestrianised, with the dark arches being transformed into new retail and leisure spaces.

The masterplan sets out the potential for three mn sq ft of new commercial development around the station, with a further 7,000 sq m of leisure and retail space inside as part of the new common concourse.

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