Plans approved for 32-storey Leeds student tower

Leeds City Council has granted planning permission for a 32-storey student accommodation tower.

The £100m city centre project at 44 Merrion Street will begin with the demolition of a four-storey 1970s office building vacated last year by Santander bank. The new building, designed by architect SimpsonHaugh, will feature sections of 32 and 10 storeys rising from a four-storey podium and, when completed, will house 660 students.

The project developer is Merrion Street Leeds, a partnership between Real Estate Capital Holdings and development management firm Bloombridge. The partners acquired the site in November 2019.

The building is set to include an “arcade-style” ground floor space as well as a courtyard, mezzanine and roof terraces. Around three quarters of the student accommodation will be arranged in clusters of five bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms and shared kitchen and dining space, with additional living areas shared between pairs of clusters. Remaining rooms will be self-contained studios. Five per cent of the rooms will be wheelchair accessible.