A project at Wellington Place, at the western end of Leeds, will restore access to the historic Monk Bridge viaduct for the first time in 40 years.
The once disused railway line will be transformed with an elevator and stairs along the existing viaduct wall which will provide public access to the top and create an elevated urban park.
A spokesperson said: “To further improve the connectivity of the green city, a new path will be created, allowing people to walk or cycle directly from the viaduct into the heart of the Wellington Place district and beyond.
“The completed project will link the Monk Bridge viaduct to the new waterfront development named The Junction, comprising 665 apartments over five blocks, which are currently being developed by Highline Investments. There are also plans to revitalize the iconic arches with new music, shopping, food and drink.
The Grade 2 listed Monk Bridge Viaduct was built in 1846 as part of the new railway network being built in the Wellington Street area of Leeds. It became an important part of Leeds Central Station which was completed in 1857, carrying high level lines to the station and connecting to a lift tower which still stands on the Wellington Place development.
The viaduct ceased to be used when Central Station closed in 1967, and it was partially demolished and blocked off after the 1980s.
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Miles Jones, Director of Development at MEPC, the developer and asset manager behind Wellington Place, said: “The new Viaduct Link is set to create access to one of Leeds’ most exciting new public areas, and we are proud to play our part. to bring this important piece of history back to life for the people of Leeds.
“Working with Highline Investments, Leeds City Council and others, we are improving public connectivity across the city center from areas such as Armley and Wortley, creating a greener way for people to get around. go to town.”
The Wellington Place project, led by Wates Construction, and the overpass walkway being created by Highline Investments are both expected to be completed in the fall.
Lydia McGuiness, who is overseeing the project on behalf of Wates Construction – and is part of an all-female project management team working on the viaduct link – said: “We have a wealth of experience working with structures listed at Wates – they are always a challenge, but never unsatisfying. The Monk Bridge Viaduct mixes old and new design to create the best and most interesting space for the public, opening Wellington Place up to more people and seamlessly connecting it to the rest of the city.
Neil McGinty, UK Development Director at Highline Investments, said: “Walkable connectivity to the city center is a priority and residents and local businesses at The Junction (formerly Monk Bridge) will be one of the connected downtown, thanks to a large part of the vision that is being realized on Place Wellington. Our new neighborhood will be launched later this year and we look forward to welcoming a new generation to this once forgotten area of Leeds.