List of tallest buildings and structures in Leeds

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Graphic showing the tallest buildings in Leeds. Criterion Place (right) and Lumiere (second from right) have been cancelled.[1]

This list of the tallest buildings and structures in Leeds ranks skyscrapers, structures and towers in the city of Leeds, England by AGL height (Above Ground Level).

Leeds is a major UK city and regional capital with a city population of 757,700, and a Metro population of 2,302,000 (2001 est).

Currently, the tallest building in Leeds is Bridgewater Place at 112m (370ft).[2] which has held the record since topping out in 2007.

The oldest building on the list is Leeds Town Hall, constructed in 1858, which stands at an height of 69m (225ft). The newest is Candle House, completed in 2009, which stands at an height of 75m (248ft).

There are currently 2 skyscrapers with a height of 100 metres (328 ft) or more,[3] and 130 high-rise buildings with a height of at least 35 metres (115 ft) or more.[4]

Tallest buildings in Leeds[edit]

Rank Name Height(m) Height(ft) Floors Year Notes Image
1 Bridgewater Place 112 367 32 2007 Currently the tallest building in Leeds Bridgewater place,Leeds.JPG
2 Sky Plaza 106 348 37 2009 Sky Plaza Tower 2.JPG
3 Opal 3 90 295 27 2008 3studentLeeds.jpg
4 Pinnacle 80 262 20 1973 Formerly and colloquially known as West Riding House West Riding House, Albion Street, Leeds - geograph.org.uk - 1365004.jpg
5= Park Plaza Hotel 77 253 20 1966 Formerly known as Royal Exchange House, renovated 2004 Park Plaza Hotel, Leeds 2014.JPG
5= Tower North Central 77 253 19 1967 Formerly known as Tower House, renovated 2004 TowerLeeds.PNG
7 Candle House 75 246 23 2009 Candle House, Leeds, West Yorkshire.jpg
8 K2 74 243 20 1972 Formerly known as Dudley House, renovated 2003 K2, Leeds, West Yorkshire.jpg
9= Cottingley Heights 72 236 25 1972 Renovated 1989 Cottingley Towers - Cottingley Drive - geograph.org.uk - 1503200.jpg
9= Cottingley Towers 72 236 25 1972 Renovated 1989 Cottingley Towers - Cottingley Drive - geograph.org.uk - 1503200.jpg
11 Broadcasting Tower 70.10 228 23 2009 Voted World's best tall building 2010[citation needed] Broadcasting Tower, Leeds, West Yorkshire.jpg [5]
11 Central Village Tower 70 230 22 2014 Central Village Tower 01.jpg
12 Leeds Town Hall 68.60 225 1858 Leeds Rathaus.jpg
13 Clarence House 66.50 218 20 2008 Clarence House, Leeds.JPG
14 West Point 65 213 17 1975 Formerly known as Royal Mail House, renovated 2005 West Point and Wellington Street, Leeds - geograph.org.uk - 983462.jpg
15 City Island Phase 2 61 200 20 2007
16 Parkinson Building 57 187 5 1951 Parkinson Building, Leeds University, England-12Sept2010.jpg
17 Holy Trinity Church 56.70 186 2 1727 Current spire added 1839 Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds (11th April 2011) 001.jpg
18 Castle House 56 184 14 1988
19= 1 City Square 54 177 12 1997 Number 1 City Square - geograph.org.uk - 806289.jpg
19= Blue 54 177 14 2004 144005 144015 C Leeds.JPG
21= British Gas Building 53 174 14 1960s Demolition planned[citation needed] North Eastern Gas Board Headquarters.jpg
21= Tinshill BT Tower 53 174 1967 Commonly known as Cookridge Tower Tinshill Tower - geograph.org.uk - 628861.jpg
23= Bond Court 52 171 13 1970s Formerly known as Sun Alliance House, renovated 2005
23= City House 52 171 15 1962 Formerly known as British Railways House, renovation planned City House from Bishopgate Street, Leeds (17th December 2012).JPG
23= Leeds Civic Hall 52 171 6 1933 Leeds Civic Hall.jpg
23= Leeds Metropolitan University Block F 52 171 13 1960s
23= Gateway 52 171 15 2008 Leeds Etap hotel.jpg
27= Leeds Metropolitan University Block C 50 164 12 1960s Leeds Metropolitan University - B Block - Calverley Street - geograph.org.uk - 510208.jpg
27= Nuffield Hospital 50 164 12 2003 Leeds Nuffield Hospital - geograph.org.uk - 397051.jpg
27= Skyline Tower 50 164 16 2009
27= Whitehall Waterfront 50 164 16 2004 White hall, Leeds.JPG
27= Whitehall Quay 50 164 18 2002 Whitehall Quay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England..jpg
27= City Island 50 164 16 2006 City Island.jpg
27= City Island 50 164 16 2006 City Island.jpg
27= Watermans Place 50 164 16 2009 Watermans Place, Leeds West Yorkshire, England.jpg

Tallest under construction, approved and proposed[edit]

Under construction[edit]

Rank Name Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 Central Village Tower Residential 70 230 22 Central Village Tower 01.jpg Est. completion: Aug 2014[6]
2 Central Square Leeds Office 65 212 12 Central Square Leeds.jpg Est. completion: 2016
3 Hilton Leeds Arena Hotel 50 164 15 Portland Crescent Hotel.jpg Est. completion 2015
4 Dakota Hotel Hotel 40 132 12 Est. completion 2015


5 No.6 Wellington Place Office 35 125 7 Est. completion 2015

Approved[edit]

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year (Estimated Completion)
1 Doncaster Monksbridge Tower (1) 122 400 33 Approved
2 Doncaster Monksbridge Tower (2) 90 295 23 Approved
3 Doncaster Monksbirdge Tower (3) 70 230 17 Approved
4 GreenBank Tower 65 230 18 Approved
5 City Square House 60 200 15 Approved
6 Central Village (phase 3) 50 164 17 Approved
7 Central Village (phase 3) (Block 2) 40 130 8 Approved
7 Whitehall Riverside (Block 1) 40 130 8 Approved
7 Whitehall Riverside (Block 2) 40 130 8 Approved
7 Whitehall Riverside(Block 3) 40 130 8 Approved
8 Latitude (Blue) 38 125 7 Approved
9 No.5 Wellington Place 35 115 7 Approved

Proposed[edit]

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors
1 Millgarth Tower[7] 190 - 210 623 - 689 55 - 65
2 New York Road Tower 1[citation needed] 110 361 37
3 New York Road Tower 2[citation needed] 105 344 35
4 Manor Point [1] 102 335 35
5 Bridge House 98 322 22
6 New York Road Tower 3[citation needed] 87 285 29
7 Cromwell Mount Proposal Tower 1 [2] Est 85 Est 279 26
8 Capitol House 76 249 18
9 Monkbridge Forge Main Tower 70 230 23
9 Cromwell Mount Proposal Tower 2 [3] Est 70 Est 230 19
11 New York Road Tower 4[citation needed] 69 226 23
12 Wellington Place Block 14 60 197 15
13 Bankside 52 171 17
14 67 Water Lane 52 171 16


Unbuilt[edit]

This lists proposals for the construction of buildings in Leeds that were planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft), for which planning permission was rejected or which were otherwise withdrawn.

Rank Name Use Height Floors Year Image Notes
metres feet
1 Criterion Place Tower 1 Residential 180 591 53 2008 [1]
2 Lumiere Tower 1 Residential 171 561 54 2008 Lumiere Leeds.jpg Tower 1 was to provide 618 residential apartments, including a number of Prime Apartments aimed specifically at over-55s. It would have also provided a health centre, 1,660 sq m of offices and an artist studio/exhibition space.[8]
3 Providence Tower Residential 120 394 30 [9]
4 Criterion Place Tower 2 Residential 118 387 33 [1]
5 Lumiere Tower 2 Serviced Apartments/Residential/Office 113 371 32 2008 Lumiere Leeds.jpg Tower 2 was to provide 220 apartments, providing a mix of serviced apartments and standard residential dwellings. The tower would have also contained 12,439sq m of offices and 2,733 sq m of retail.
Briggate Tower Office 113 371 25 1938 [10] Cancelled due to World War II, site now occupied by Marks and Spencer.[11]
7 City 1 Residential/Hotel 112 367 37 2004 [12]

Other unbuilt[edit]

  • EMI Westgate Tower, 120–140 metres, 36 storeys (circa 1970, around metres in height, cancelled for excessive height, site now occupied by 1980s Westgate Point development) [4]
  • Triple Five Leeds Development - Height unknown (circa 1989, planned complex in Holbeck including shopping, residential and offices which was to include a number of high rise buildings of unspecified height, cancelled) [5]
  • Norman Foster plan for Criterion Place for Royal London Insurance - circa 60-70m (proposed 1994, development on site cancelled)
  • Kite Tower - 90 m (vision from 2005 since superseded by The Spiracle)
  • Mayfair Tower - 98 m (cancelled 2006 due to failure to make profitable)
  • Brunswick Place - 91 m and 85 m (vision from 2006 for a redevelopment of this former Leeds Metropolitan University site)
  • The Spiricle - 80 m / 262 ft / 25 storeys (cancelled 2008 due to failure to make it profitable)

Demolished buildings[edit]

  • Elland Road four floodlights - 79m / 260 ft. Constructed 1970 demolished 1991-3 for replacement with new East Stand and lighting above stands.
  • Albion Tower aka Leeds Permanent Building Society Tower - 61 m / 200 ft. Constructed 1960s demolished 1998 for replacement with The Light leisure / shopping complex.

History of tallest buildings in Leeds[edit]

Held record Name and Location Constructed Height (m) Height (ft) Notes
From To
1841 1858 Leeds Parish Church 1841 35 115 The only C of E church in the UK to have a daily choral service[citation needed].
1858 1966 Leeds Town Hall 1858 69 226 One of the tallest Town Halls in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]
1966 1973 Park Plaza Hotel Leeds 1965–1966 77 253 Also called Royal Exchange House.
1973 2005 West Riding House 1972–1973 80 262 The tallest building in Leeds for 32 years.
2005 Bridgewater Place 2004–2007 112 367 The tallest building in Yorkshire and the North East.

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