City Square in Leeds is being transformed with a series of new developments, which includes City Square House. This 12 storey building comprises 140,000 square feet of Grade A office accommodation and is the flagship development in the area.
The building has been developed by MRP and built by McAleer and Rushe. Billington Structures designed the steel to steel connections at the start of the project, and we supplied nearly 1,620 tonnes of structural steelwork and metal decking. The perimeter of the frame was painted with intumescent paint and the perimeter beams were primed only.
Sustainability and wellbeing are an important feature of City Square House, and it was built with those elements in mind. The office development is designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and WiredScore Platinum, providing the occupants with a fantastic workspace in Leeds city centre. The high standard of connectivity in the building means the infrastructure is designed for the future, and it will support any potential upgrades.
Additional features of the building are its low carbon credentials, which include sensitive LED lighting, feature glazing, an EPC A rating, heating and cooling systems that use heat pumps. There are also over a hundred secure cycle spaces, with lockers and shower facilities for tenants. In addition, there are electric vehicle and e-bike charging facilities on site.
As part of the construction, the main contractor, McAleer and Rushe, has a carbon reduction policy and they used the BRE Smartwaste system to record the site’s carbon emissions, and implement a tailored delivery management system which tracks CO2. Billington Structures have also been certified as carbon neutral by Carbon Neutral Britain for its operations.
Major transport changes are also being made to roads and bus routes to further reduce carbon emissions in the city centre. The council is keen to encourage more people to use public transport, Park and Ride schemes, and alternative means of transport, which makes the dedicated e-bike charging points and cycle facilities at City Square House even more valuable.