After several key projects at White Rose Office Park, we were commissioned to devise a masterplan for the whole site, as well as the adjoining Millshaw Park Industrial Estate. Munroe K – the developers – had a radical vision for the park, which would be a heartland for innovation and act as a focal point for regeneration in this part of Leeds.
Sustainability isn’t always a prime consideration for office parks. However, Munroe K are determined that White Rose will set a new bar for exceptional workplaces with a light environmental footprint. The wider challenge is to exploit the opportunities of HS2, ensuring that Leeds achieves its full potential as a nexus of the Northern Powerhouse.
We took the starting-point of a “campus feel” for White Rose, focusing on the many opportunities for improving wellbeing and connectivity. A key element is a new railway station: workers, residents and visitors will be able to travel to and from the site without needing a car, and will benefit from much improved pedestrian and cycle routes once arrived.
Our approach focuses on place-making. We’ve conceived great new urban squares – spaces for leisure and recreation. These will be linked by tree-lined boulevards, and surrounded by parks, encouraging people to walk, cycle and play sports. The masterplan envisages mixed uses, with a billion pounds of offices, hotels, cafés, bars, restaurants, innovation centres, and flats, along with a school, doctors’ surgery, and community and leisure centre. Working with Munroe K, we will realise their ambition to create a truly revolutionary place to live and work.
“The new scheme will give rise to a much-needed area of economic growth, bringing new life and vibrancy. Residential, offices, hotel, a new primary school, doctors’ surgery, an A+E facility and many other uses will be included, all focused on technology and the environment.”– DAVID ASPIN, FOUNDER OF MUNROE K