X1 South Bank will create a new green, well-connected neighbourhood in an ideal central location within the heart of Leeds city centre. Boasting 928 new homes, offices, retail units and cafes, alongside over 2 acres of first class public realm, this development will be a huge boost to the wider city and will become the place to live in Leeds City Centre.
Our 6½ acre development is part of the larger South Bank project by Leeds City Council which is delivering 8,000 homes and 35,000 jobs for the city, as well as new schools, office accommodation, retail and leisure developments, public spaces and parks.
In total, 235 hectares of space have been earmarked for the South Bank project which is home to the integrated HS2 station and has the potential to double the economic output of the city centre.
X1 South Bank offers the opportunity to be part of what will become the premier residential development in Leeds, located a few minutes walk from the train station, the incoming HS2 hub and immediately on the doorstep of both the Leeds Dock and the new City Park.
X1 South Bank is an exciting mixed use development of 928 new homes together with retail & commercial units, offices, cafes and resident only gymnasiums. Complimenting the cutting edge architecture is a series of landscaped public realm spaces which add to the stunning living environment being created.
The townhouses and apartments are light and airy and are all very generously sized. Each apartment benefits from balconies, private terraces or gardens. Secure bicycle storage, extensive parking facilities, resident gyms and lounge spaces, and an on-site management office will ensure that both landlords and residents are taken care of in the award-winning X1 way.
The specification is exceptional, lending an air of luxury to every part of the development.
Set within 2 acres of public realm each of the 5 indvidual buildings that make up this development offer spectacular views, a sense of openness and a sense of connection to the wider community.
Each building features a private residents’ podium level garden overlooking the public spaces below.
A short walk to all areas of the city centre, X1 South Bank offers spacious apartments and townhouses set within unique architectural buildings and a sense of openess and calm in the centre of this major metropolis.
With all apartments and townhouses designed to National Space Standards, and all with generous private external spaces in the form of balconies, terraces and gardens, this is a residential offer simply not available elsewhere in Leeds.
The architectural design combines modern materials and highly glazed facades to create airy, light filled places to live.
Glass balconies provide unbroken views of the surrounding cityscape and far reaching views out towards the surrounding landscape from living spaces and bedrooms alike.
5 Residents’ gyms
5 Podium gardens
3 Public spaces
X1 Management office
This is a true mixed use masterplan containing restaurants, cafes, offices, retail spaces and gyms. With 5 buildings based around 3 fantastic and very different public spaces, there is a true sense of community and neighbourhood to this masterplan.
It is the combination of all of these elements that will truly make X1 South Bank the most desirable place to live in Leeds.
The 3 public spaces have been designed by award-winning Landscape Architects Planit-ie, who are also designing the new City Park in Leeds.
The public spaces offer a type of life not normally found in inner city apartment schemes. The large expanses of soft landscape provide play areas for small children, and places to relax for residents.
A carefully detailed intimate square lends a Mediterranean feel to the development with an outdoor cafe space and a central planted seating area to meet up with friends.
The large civic square with a bold central water feature and outdoor dining capacity on either side provides a grandeur and degree of openness that will ensure residents can make the most of the cafes and restaurants that will be on their doorstep.
With 5 unique buildings, each phase offers an exceptional array of apartment and townhouse options. The accommodation ranges from generous 1 bedroom apartments at over 50m² through to 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses, as large as 94m² / 1032ft² internally and with private gardens and terraces up to 47m² / 550ft².
The townhouses offer private gardens and balconies and internal accommodation up to 117m² in size.
Podium level apartments offer private garden spaces and wrap around glass balconies offer unbroken views of the surrounding city to corner apartments.
Phase 01 offers 127 apartments and townhouses in a stunning 12 storey building. Bordered on one side by a park like green route and lavish soft landscaping, and on another side by a 1250 square metre public square, the apartments offer a multitude of fantastic outlooks and very generous internal spaces, all within a spectacular and highly glazed building.
Phase 02 offers 166 apartments and townhouses in an equally impressive 10 storey building that faces out towards two public squares - including the 2000 square metre civic space with water feature. A white ceramic facade with wrap around glass balconies provides the jewel in the crown of this building commanding a key central area within the overall masterplan.
House price growth in Leeds
city centre over the last five years
Zoopla, May 2018
Anticipated house price
growth by 2022
JLL, February 2018
Anticipated rental price
growth by 2022
JLL, February 2018
Named as the standout market to watch for rental growth by JLL, second only to Manchester in terms of house price growth expectations, Leeds is one of the UK’s most exciting rental markets.
The core of a wider city region with an economy worth in excess of £66.5bn each year, Leeds is one of the UK’s most centrally located cities and is growing at a spectacular rate. According to local government the city’s economy has grown almost 40% over the last 10 years which is boosting employment, with Leeds now boasting the highest proportion of private to public sector jobs of all key cities outside of the capital.
X1 South Bank is located close to Leeds Dock, right in the heart of the city’s up-and-coming expansion. Already a favourite of young people thanks to the incredible lifestyle on offer, the South Bank area will only continue to become more popular in the future.
It is no surprise that Leeds rates highly amongst young people as a desirable place to live; whether it is the riverside bars and restaurants, the array of museums and galleries, the convenient transport links, the expansive green spaces, the focus on pedestrians and cycling or the renowned local music scene, one thing is clear – Leeds really does have it all.
From hidden beer gardens serving craft ales, to pizza cafés and swanky roof terraces, Leeds has a wonderful selection of bars and restaurants that are dotted along the banks of the River Aire and spread throughout the city centre.
New green spaces will complement the existing waterfront area, providing attractive public plazas for residents. Plans for a 3.5 hectare City Park have also been put forward by Leeds City Council, which would act as the centrepiece of the wider South Bank regeneration, providing the community with a welcome place to relax and socialise.
Central to South Bank is Leeds Dock, a simply stunning waterfront destination which is home to the Royal Armouries Museum, mixed use event space, restaurants, coffee shops, businesses and more! Leeds Dock also plays host to annual events from art installations to the Leeds Waterfront Festival.
Modern Leeds is something of an architectural hotspot. The city’s historic buildings are richly acclaimed, and its more modern works add an essential and complementary flavour which makes Leeds truly stand out.
The city was shaped by John Thorp, the UK’s last Civic Architect in charge of the built environment of a whole city. He described his pursuit as ‘urban dentistry’ – the idea being to understand what already exists and enhance it, rather than flatten older buildings and thoughtlessly replace with new.
The Leeds method clearly works; when you look at sites such as Victoria Gate, the First Direct Arena, Central Square, Trinity Leeds, Granary Wharf, Bridgewater Place and – best of all – the striking 2010 Best Tall Building In The World Award winner Broadcasting Place, you are looking at a unique and fascinating cityscape.
Draft South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework SPD, November 2017
The River Aire runs through the heart of Leeds, and strolling down the river and the linked canals is the perfect way to enjoy the atmosphere of this picturesque waterfront destination.
The cobbled bridges and working locks are truly beautiful – and no one will be better placed to enjoy them than the residents of X1 South Bank who are only minutes from Leeds Dock.
With an exciting mix of cafés, restaurants, bars, museums and art galleries just a few minutes walk from X1 South Bank.
X1 South Bank represents one of the most exciting investment opportunities in any city in the UK and is one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects.
Alongside a £20m public realm investment by HCA to provide new links into the city centre.The area which also boasts a well established city living offering and a range of leisure attractions.
South Bank is set to be at the centre of connectivity in Leeds having been chosen as the site for the new HS2 station. The creation of the £17.3m Leeds Station Southern Entrance is well underway, connecting the city’s South Bank to the station, expanding opportunities and providing a further stimulus to the redevelopment and transforming Leeds City Station into one of the busiest transport interchanges in the country.
This boosts the local economy and nurtures local and international talent, bolstering future growth. The University of Leeds alone contributes approximately £1.23bn a year to the local economy, with students spending an additional £211m locally through rents and living costs.
The Leeds City Region produces 38,900 graduates a year
Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership,
The University of Leeds was voted 3rd in the UK in the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey
Times Higher Education Student
Experience Survey, 2018
The Leeds City Region is home to 9 higher education institutions, the most in the UK outside of London
Leeds is one of the UK’s most centrally located cities and is well served by road, rail and air. Access to other primary cities like Manchester, London and Liverpool couldn’t be easier, making Leeds the perfect choice for business or leisure.
Additionally, Leeds Bradford Airport is ideally located just outside of the city centre, meaning the city is globally connected with direct flights to over 70 destinations. 2016/17 was the busiest year on record for Leeds Bradford, with over 4 million passengers flying.
HS2 will lie in the heart of South Bank Leeds, as the gateway to Leeds City Region.
It is a catalyst for the South Bank Leeds regeneration and will be an iconic centrepiece; providing the basis for an integrated transport network, maximising connectivity and realising the vision of the region as the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.
York - 45 mins
Manchester - 1 hr 26 mins
Liverpool - 1 hr 46 mins
London - 3 hrs 20 mins
York - 22 mins
Manchester - 59mins
London - 2 hrs 16 mins
Edinburgh - 2 hrs 51 mins
Paris - 1 hrs 30 mins
Berlin - 2 hrs 5 mins
Barcelona - 2 hrs 45 mins
Brussels - 2 hrs 45 mins
Sir David Higgins
Financial and business services
account for 38% of the Leeds economy
The Leeds City Region has
a workforce of 1.37 million
The leeds city region economy is worth £66.5bn
Leeds City Council, 2018
The Leeds City Region is arguably the UK’s main economic powerhouse after the capital, with the city itself proving exceptionally attractive to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Home to a diverse and robust economy, Leeds is the North’s business city.
The city’s economy is worth approximately £18bn and has grown almost 40% in the last decade alone. Home to more than 25,000 businesses, and with the highest ratio of private to public sector jobs in all UK cities, Leeds is well and truly open for business.
With more than 35% of the working population of Leeds educated to degree level, including approximately 39,000 graduates a year from the region’s universities, this is a place buzzing with innovation. Leeds is the UK’s second city for financial services with 14,000 people employed in banking, and a total of 46,000 people employed in the wider professional services sector.
Some of the many large companies with headquarters or national hubs in Leeds include KPMG, DLA Piper, Yorkshire Bank, Direct Line Insurance Group and HSBC.
With everything from a Vietnamese street food kitchen to Yorkshire Pudding Wraps which celebrate Yorkshire’s heritage – Leeds is famous for its street food offering
Leeds has a wide array of fine dining establishments. With Michelin starred modernist restaurants to fusion eateries, there is something for everyone.
Leeds plays host to a number of annual food and drink festivals, bringing together the best of UK gastronomy. Leeds Food & Drink Festival is the biggest on the calendar and takes place over three days in the city centre.
For those looking for a touch of luxury, the city’s rooftop bars offer stunning views of Leeds where locals can enjoy a cocktail looking across the rooftops.
The growing café culture in Leeds has delivered a number of cosy coffee shops which have become a popular choice against the usual high-street chains, supporting the local economy.
Royal Armouries Museum - 0.4 miles
Leeds City Museum - 1.1 miles
Leeds Art Gallery - 1.1 miles
Leeds Industrial Museum - 2.4 miles
Corn Exchange - 0.7 miles
Leeds Town Hall - 1.1 miles
St. George’s Church - 1.4 miles
Kirkstall Abbey - 4 miles
City Varieties Music Hall - 0.6 miles
Belgrave Music Hall - 1 mile
Leeds Grand Theatre - 1 mile
02 Academy Leeds - 1.2 miles
This is a city equally at home visiting the Leeds Philharmonic Orchestra as it is admiring the innovative works which led to it being named the UK capital for street art in 2017.
Leeds really does have everything; for those interested in history, visits to the Royal Armouries and the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills are essential. For art lovers, the Leeds Art Gallery is home to a nationally important collection of 19th and 20th century British masterpieces. Music fans will be taken by both Opera North and the collection of famous music venues big and small.
This is only the smallest indication of what Leeds has to offer, without even going into the magnificent poetry of Tony Harrison, the stunning Victorian architecture seen at the Town Hall and the Corn Exchange, the visual splendour of Kirkstall Abbey or the sights and sounds of the annual Leeds West Indian Carnival.
Leeds, like all of Yorkshire, is a city obsessed with sport. It has a strong heritage and Leeds City Council actively encourages people of all ages and abilities to get involved. Specialist facilities are present across the city to improve the lifestyle of all, from those who want to run around a park all the way up to elite athletes training to compete against the best from around the world.
Elland Road has been home to Leeds United Football Club since 1919. Whilst Leeds United are not the force they once were, they remain one of the most storied football clubs in England, and the almost-40,000 capacity Elland Road stadium is an essential visit for football fans.
As one of the birthplaces of the Rugby League, Leeds will always have its place in the sport’s history. Today, the city is home to many teams, both professional and amateur, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Leeds Rhinos. Their home games are a guaranteed sell out.
Aside from playing its part in the World Triathlon, swimming plays its own separate role in Leeds. The John Charles Centre for Sport, named for the former Leeds United and Wales footballer, includes a public Aquatics Centre with Olympic standard pool and diving facilities.
Yorkshire is often cited as the most beautiful county in the UK thanks to its rolling hills and stunning riverways – in other words, it is perfect for cycling. Leeds is home to Cycle Yorkshire which holds the annual Tour de Yorkshire, something of a pilgrimage for British cyclists.
Headingley Stadium is revered around the globe as one of the cathedrals of cricket. Home to the world famous Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the stadium hosts the best players and the biggest matches every season, drawing in thousands of spectators.
The city of Leeds contains a great collection of parks and green spaces, as well as being a generally green and leafy environment. Aside from places such as the superbly landscaped Roundhay Park which hosts the truly lovely Tropical World, residents of X1 South Bank have a lot to look forward to in the future. A 3.5 hectare park is planned for Meadow Lane which will greatly improve the public realm and link the development directly to the new HS2 station and the local communities.
However, what awaits people looking for the great outdoors beyond the boundaries and suburbs of Leeds is even more spectacular. Residents of Leeds are located an easy drive or train journey from what is arguably the best collection of national parks in the UK; people travel from all over the world to see the Peak District, the Forest of Bowland, Nidderdale, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the North Pennines. Residents of X1 South Bank will have all of these at their fingertips.
Based in Liverpool and with offices in other major cities such as Manchester and Leeds, X1 is one of the North West’s premier housing developers, offering an extensive portfolio of city centre residential developments in some of the UK’s best cities. The X1 portfolio is filled with instantly recognisable buildings which have helped to change the face of the region.
In addition to its residential developments, X1 operates an award-winning lettings and management company – X1 Lettings – which provides both residential and luxury student accommodation to markets in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. X1 Lettings is proud to boast market leading occupancy and retention rates, with thousands of happy residents providing evidence of their professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm.
X1 South Bank is the 38th development from X1. With 18 developments completed and occupied and a further nine currently in construction, X1 have a track record which is second to none and it is no surprise that its developments are highly sought after.
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