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Monday, April 27, 2009

Granary Wharf, Leeds, United Kingdom

Granary Wharf nearing completion

This week saw the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the newest edition to the Leeds skyline, careyjones architects’ striking residential tower at Granary Wharf for ISIS Waterside Regeneration.

The Granary Wharf development, comprising three separate buildings, is one of only a few Leeds city centre schemes that is on schedule for completion this year. ISIS Chairman Nigel Franklin said; “Our belief that people want outstanding quality in exceptional locations has never been shaken, even through the housing crisis. Customers tell us that they have been waiting years for a scheme like this: I am glad we had faith in our beliefs. The city's regeneration plans for the area are first class. ISIS is the very proud custodian of granary wharf which sits at the heart of them.”

New names were also announced for the two distinctive residential buildings; careyjones innovative ‘twisting’ tower will be known as Candle House, a reference to the candle and tallow packing warehouses once located on the wharf side; and the 14 storey building designed by CZWG Architects named Waterman’s Place.

Director at careyjones architects, Simon Clarke, said: “It is great to see the Granary Wharf masterplan emerging as the three buildings take their place in this fantastic gateway location. We are extremely proud of our work with ISIS and to be ‘topping out’ such a visually striking building that will create an impressive addition to the Leeds skyline.”

Cllr Carter added: “These are testing times for any city undertaking ambitious regeneration plans and Leeds is no exception, which is why the topping out milestone is particularly significant.”

What will be Leeds’ largest hotel, City Inn, incorporating the city’s only ‘sky’ bar with 360degree views, will stand between Candle House and Waterman’s Place is due to open in July 2009. The area also will benefit from the transformation of Neville Street, a main gateway to Granary Wharf, due to complete this autumn and the installation of a keenly anticipated walkway from Granary Wharf directly into Leeds train station, expected in 2012.
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