Designs have been released for a £500M revamp of Leeds Station.
The images produced by Atkins show what the station would look like based on a masterplan approved by Leeds City Council last month.
The proposals include a new entrance, central common concourse, platforms, public space, roof and footbridge, as well as external landscaping. The Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan also sets out the potential for 3Msqft of commercial development around the station, and 7000sqm of leisure and retail space inside.
More than 100,000 passengers a day use the station, a number that is set to more than double over the next 30 years, and the proposals are designed to provide a “seamless interchange” for people changing trains.
HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins said: “It’s fantastic to see how much progress has been made since we first announced our plans to bring HS2 to Leeds.
”Working together with HS2 Ltd, the Leeds City Region, Network Rail and Transport for the North, Leeds has clearly seized the opportunity that high-speed rail represents both locally and regionally.
“HS2 presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity both to revitalise Leeds and, in the process, rebalance Britain. Leeds’ plans live up to that level of ambition and will leave a legacy that the city and the region can be proud of for decades to come.”
Atkins is leading the consortium of design, engineering and project management consultants which includes Gensler, Bilfinger GVA, Faithful + Gould, Albion Economics and BAM Construction.
Leeds City Council Council leader Judith Blake said: “These fantastic new images of what Leeds Station could look like show not only its exciting future as a distinct and welcoming gateway to the city, but how important it is to get this right by putting people and the visitor experience at the heart of all the plans.
”It must provide a stepchange not only for the future of transport and connectivity in our city and region, but also as a key economic driver for our future economy providing opportunities for all to benefit from through a clear people-first approach.
“The arrival of high-speed rail is essential to helping Leeds and the wider region fully realise its massive potential, and we hope by seeing these images and reading the report everyone can see the level of ambition we have for this project – Leeds deserves the best and that is our committed aim.”