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The Calls and Riverside Planning Framework, Leeds (205)

205 - Breaking barriers to reconnect neighbourhoods

Development of a planning framework for an area of redundant warehousing adjacent to, but cut off from, Leeds city centre.

One of the central aims of the framework was to break through the barrier imposed by the railway viaduct and station, which served to bisect the riverside to the south and the city centre to the north.

A new physical link to the City Centre is now open and well used. This connects the Corn Exchange building (now a specialist shopping centre) to the riverside via a route punched through a railway arch and a new pedestrian river crossing. Aliverly urban quarter has developed, including shops, a hotel, flats and offices.

Other Information

  • Location: Leeds
  • Project Team: Leeds Development Corporation Masterplanner: Llewelyn-Davies
  • Contact: Leeds Development Agency 0113 247 7893


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