GMI Construction Group has started work on the last part of the construction of the Sovereign Square development in Leeds, which will see the development of a 12-storey, 305-bedroom hotel on the last remaining plot of the flagship site.
GMI was nominated by the partnership Marrico LLP and Helios Development JV. Around 190 jobs will be created during the construction phase, with the 140,000 square foot hotel creating more than 80 full-time jobs when completed in 2024.
Interstate Group will operate the hotel under the two Hyatt brands Hyatt House and Hyatt Place, offering short and long-stay accommodations to business and leisure travelers.
The site will include meeting rooms, an on-site gym, a restaurant and bar on the ground floor extending outside into the public square, as well as a freestanding rooftop bar with an entrance dedicated.
The development, funded by Abrdn/UK Commercial Property REIT (UKCM), was designed by Leeds-based DLA Architecture, who took inspiration from the surrounding architecture and Leeds’ merchandising and textile history.
The facade of the hotel will be clad in two types of brick, a terracotta red and a light beige, with detailing around the recessed double/triple height glass windows. The ground floor facades will be behind a colonnade, with recessed detailing around the arch heads and along the columns, with a glazed facade to the rear.
Chris Weathers, Commercial Director of GMI Construction Group, said: “Sovereign Square has become a landmark in the heart of the city, being the first new public space to be developed in Leeds for over a decade.
“This striking hotel is the final piece of the puzzle in the development of what has become one of the city’s most prominent and sought-after destinations. It will complete the extensive regeneration of the area and further enhance other adjacent developments and public green spaces. »
Steve Ford, Director of Development at Marrico, added: “This project will provide a first-class hotel in a prime location and help address the shortage of quality accommodation for business and leisure travelers in the city. It is the last remaining development site on Sovereign Square, next to the train station and at the heart of Leeds’ vibrant business, retail and leisure sectors.
James Dunne, UK Transactions Manager, Property at Abrn, said: “It’s fantastic to see the start of the hard work and commitment from all parties involved to get us off the ground. on the spot. The real hard work starts here though and it’s exciting to think about the premium product that will be delivered to the Leeds market by the excellent construction, development and professional teams tasked with taking the project forward.