Architect is third to take on site of Poulson’s 1967 swimming pool
DLA Architecture’s £270m plan to turn the former International Swimming Pool in Leeds city centre into new homes has been given the green light.
The 2.8-acre site, which has been used as a car park since the 1967 complex, by disgraced designer John Poulson, was demolished in 2009, is being developed by a joint venture partnership between Marrico Asset Management and Helios Real Estate.
DLA is the third practice to take on the site, which has been used as a surface car park for over 10 years following the flattening of the landmark brutalist baths, the others being Make and Allies & Morrison.
The latest proposals include two build-to-rent residential towers of 33 and 22 storeys totalling 629 apartments.
These towers include a concierge reception, co-working spaces, lounges, entertainment spaces and wellbeing centre as well as cycle storage and a garden terrace.
There will also be a 24-storey student accommodation block with 548 bed spaces, a 15-storey, 120 key aparthotel with 22,000 sq ft of co-working office space and 131,000 sq ft of grade A-office accommodation, along with further retail and leisure provisions.
Construction is expected to start in spring next year.
The plans also include improvements to the existing pedestrian and cycle way to the edge of the site.
The swimming pool was designed by architectural designer John Poulson, who was later jailed on corruption charges, and opened in 1967 before closing in 2007.