Leeds landmark to be revitalised after 40 years as part of west end redevelopment
A Leeds landmark is to be transformed into a community facility, with improved connectivity into the city centre, as part of a west end redevelopment at Wellington Place.
Work has begun on the Victorian viaduct Monk Bridge, which will see access returned for the first time in 40 years.
The formerly disused rail track will be transformed with a lift and stairs along the existing wall of the viaduct and create Yorkshire’s first elevated urban park, presenting a place for people to relax and enjoy views across the city.
To further enhance green city connectivity, a new path will be created, enabling people to walk or cycle directly from the viaduct into the heart of the Wellington Place neighbourhood and beyond.
The completed project will connect the Monk Bridge viaduct to the new waterside development, comprising 665 apartments across five blocks, which are currently being developed by Highline Investments. There are also plans to revitalise the iconic arches with music, shopping, food and drink.
Miles Jones, development manager at MEPC, said: “The new Viaduct Link is set to create access to one of Leeds’s most exciting new areas of public realm, and we are proud to be playing our part in bringing this important piece of history back to life for the people of Leeds.
“Working collaboratively with Highline Investments, Leeds City Council and others, we are enhancing public connectivity through the city centre from areas including Armley and Wortley, by creating a greener way for people to travel into the city.”
The Wellington Place project, led by Wates Construction, and the viaduct walkway being created by Highline Investments are both set to be completed in the autumn.
Lydia McGuiness, Wates Construction, commented: “We have a wealth of experience working with listed structures at Wates – they are always a challenge, but never unfulfilling. The Monk Bridge viaduct blends old and new design to make the best, most interesting space for the public, opening Wellington Place up to more people and connecting it seamlessly with the rest of the city.”
Neil McGinty, UK development director at Highline Investments, added: “Connectivity to the city centre on foot is a priority and residents and local businesses at The Junction (formerly Monk Bridge) will be one of the most connected in the city centre, thanks in no small part to the vision that is being realised on Wellington Place. Our new neighbourhood will be launching later this year and we look forward to welcoming a new generation to this once forgotten area of Leeds.”
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