Lumiere underway!

Construction work has finally got underway with what is set to be the tallest UK building outside London, for a while at least.

After two months of site clearance of the old Royal Mail sorting office basements, piling and other large site plant are now arriving on site for Skanska to kick off with ground breaking this week.

Originally proposed in 2005, the twin tower scheme being developed jointly by KW Linfoot and Scarborough Development Group will house 650 apartments including some to be tailor designed for the over 55s age group in Tower 1, and 10,000sq m and a further 290 apartments in Tower 2, also a health centre and dentist as well as shops, cafes and restaurants, with a winter garden and piazza situated between the two towers.

Progress on the project to reach this important milestone has been relatively swift for an undertaking of this size; the neighbouring Criterion Place twin glass clad tower scheme which is similar in size and appearance and also designed by Ian Simpson Architects was announced some time before Lumiere, but is still loitering in the pre planning stage, while Linfoot have pushed Lumiere to achieve design, approval, launch to the residential market, site remediation and now the construction stage.

However, construction is due to be a lengthy process taking up to one year for Skanska to build the sub-structure and a further three years for Carillion to build and complete the towers.

When complete, the two towers will be the centrepiece of the Leeds skyline, actually being the tallest and second tallest buildings in Yorkshire, and their simple pallet of coloured glazing will create a striking but elegant pose above the streets in the now familiar Ian Simpson style.

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Lumiere Tower 1

Lumiere Tower 1
Lumiere Tower 2

Lumiere Tower 2
Lumiere twin tower scheme viewed from the east
Lumiere twin tower scheme viewed from the east
Lumiere twin tower scheme viewed from the west
Lumiere twin tower scheme viewed from the west