12
May
2013
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Bond Court to receive facelift this summer






Caption: Artist's impression of how the refurbished Bond Court area will look



Bond Court in the city centre of Leeds will be refurbished and upgraded later this year.



Leeds City Council in partnership with building owner Midland House Ltd (advised by Wilton Developments), will fund the project which will see the square located between Park Row, Greek Street, East Parade and Infirmary transformed into a new office plaza space.



The project will involve planting six new trees, repaving part of the square in granite and providing high-quality seating. The Petanque Pitch is to be retained and chess boards are to be incorporated into the new seating area.



Groundwork Leeds has been appointed as the Landscape Architect and contract administrator with work expecting to begin on the site in June.



Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and the economy said:



‘The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Wilton Developments to bring about the refurbishment of the square. This is a good example of improving the public realm for our residents and visitors.



“The square is one of the city centre’s promotional & event spaces and the work that is being carried out will provide a fantastic new space for this part of the city and breathe new life into it.”



Jason Stowe, managing director of Leeds based Wilton Developments said:



‘Bond Court is a very important square for the city, being only one of a few office plaza’s in Leeds where the buildings are not separated from the public space of the square by traffic.



“The Square has so much more to offer its occupants and people using the Square, which we feel with a little investment can be realized. It is our intention to encourage other owners and occupiers to embrace the Square rather than backing on to it. As a forward thinking investor, Midland House see the advantage of investing private monies in to publicly owned space for the benefit of all.’



Notes to editors:



The Bond Court Scheme will complement the investment made by Midland House into their building at 2 Bond Court, a scheme which included the opening up of retail frontages to the square which have to date accommodated Costa Coffee on the corner of Bond Court.



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