Trio of high-profile projects will engage city centre with the river

Whitehall Riverside Leeds
CGI of proposals for Whitehall Riverside Leeds

Re-form Landscape Architecture has been appointed to three high-profile public-realm projects in Leeds city centre, all of which contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the River Aire waterfront, helping establish it as an attractive waterside destination.

The landscape strategy for the next phase of the Whitehall Riverside redevelopment, already a business hub, includes a comprehensive flood management strategy, using a series of rain gardens. It responds to the riverside location with a stepped waterside terrace connected by a series of pedestrianised streets, and enhances views of surrounding historical landmarks.

City Reach is a residential scheme for 800 new homes, student accommodation and commercial space on the former Yorkshire Chemicals site. Here Re-form has designed a riverside pocket park as well as a series of streets, squares and semi-private courtyards running through the site. A pedestrian bridge over the river will link the development with Otter Island.

Re-form will also be working on public realm for the mixed-use development of the former Yorkshire Post site, introducing a series of open spaces and a new urban square beside what was previously an inaccessible stretch of riverfront.

Guy Denton, director at Re-form, said: ‘The river was once the main artery of the city, and we hope that our designs will have a rejuvenating effect; opening up the waterfront once again by creating green, well-connected, social spaces for people who live, work and enjoy the city centre. We are creating places that are attractive, but also perform an important function by contributing to flood management and increasing biodiversity.’

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