Manchester firm Simpson Haugh behind 100m tall building
Plans for a £100m student residential tower in the middle of Leeds have been given the green light by the city council.
The Simpson Haugh-designed project at 44 Merrion Street will replace a large 1970s office block that was previously home to Spanish banking giant Santander.
The building, which rises to just under 100m, will have 573 undergraduate club rooms and studio apartments, together with 87 postgraduate studio apartments.
The development company – Merrion Street Leeds Ltd – is owned by Real Estate Capital Holdings in partnership with developer Bloombridge.
The building includes a ground floor arcade-style reception and a postgraduate rooftop amenity space.
The tower is predominantly made up of cluster apartments – accounting for approximately 73% of the total mix of accommodation.
In addition to Simpson Haugh, which is behind a series of towers across the Pennines in Manchester, the project team includes Savills, WSP, Re-Form and Paragon.