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Leeds Hotel Plans Redesigned For Hilton

The seemingly stalled plans for the Portland Crescent Hotel in Leeds have been resurrected with a new planning application that seeks to revise the existing approved proposals moving it from four to five star standards.

The new plans propose the inclusion of a rooftop bar with sweeping views of the nearby Leeds Town Hall and Civic Hall, and glazed passenger lift that will run up to it animating the building facade. Now denoting the location of the restaurant in the design is the fact that it will have floor to ceiling glass panels unlike the rest of the hotel.

As a result of the inclusion of the restaurant, the upper part of the building envelope has been raised to accommodate the required taller floor to ceiling height than the penthouse hotel rooms would have required, although this overall height increase is only marginal, approximately 1.3 metres to 45.7 metres in height. Behind the parapet will be a green roof.

Largely due to the space the restaurant takes up, the number of the hotel rooms in the building has correspondingly been reduced from 246 to 206.

Linked to the hotel, which has been designed as before by Dexter Moren Architects, are Hilton who are looking at being the new base for their operations in central Leeds and it is as a result of their involvement that the building proposals have changed.

This has also seen proposed changes to the basement that will provide the additional facilities that Hilton expect a five star hotel to have with the service facilities for the guest rooms increased, and improved conference facilities.

It comes as good news for Leeds, which has seen little tall building activity since the Credit Crunch of 2008 brought many projects, and developers, crashing down. It should be interesting to see which other projects end up going up in Leeds that have been quiet for the past three to four years.

Construction is expected to start in the third quarter of 2012.

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