Flax Place Location City: Leeds, UK

Bringing the popular build-to-rent residential format to Leeds

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Key Info

350-apartment Build-to-Rent development with 11- and 15-storey towers
0.5-hectare site
Planning application submitted

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Two towers, 350 apartments

Designed by Chapman Taylor, Flax Place is a 350-apartment scheme with 11- and 15-storey towers. Attractive open-plan apartments are provided throughout, with the predominantly one- and two-bed unit mix reflecting current demand in Leeds.

Workstations within the two- and three-bed apartments enhance the ability of residents to work from home, while full-height windows provide extensive natural light. Seven fully accessible apartments are provided for the benefit of people with restricted mobility.

Complementing the context

Central management functions will be housed at lower ground floor level in a light-filled, shared amenity space between the two towers. A residents’ courtyard will provide attractive external space for socialising, while the open frontage to Richmond Street will create a shared public space that connects seamlessly with the local area.

The scheme complements its immediate context, which consists mainly of residential buildings of varied heights. The orientation and shape of the blocks follow the urban grain of the Saxton Gardens residential scheme nearby.

Close to Leeds city centre

An on-site, 46-space car park will also include electric vehicle charging points and 36 motorcycle spaces. The scheme will encourage a car club and car-share spaces to further reduce emissions. 350 bicycle spaces for residents (26 for visitors) are provided.

Situated in a prime location in the Richmond Hill district, close to Leeds city centre, the site is near to popular areas such as Kirkgate and its Victoria Gate development, South Bank and the theatre district. The location is well served by public transport and pedestrian links to the city and the River Aire.

Chapman Taylor created and developed the design for Flax Place from concept stage.

Michael Swiszczowski (BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. He joined the UK Board in 2022 and continues to take an active role in developing the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction.

Michael is a regular speaker at residential and property conferences where he articulates Chapman Taylor’s design approach and skill sets. He is also a RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North West.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Build-to-Rent / Student Accommodation / Hotels

Jonathan Fishlock (BSc (Hons), B Arch)

Director, UK

Jonathan joined Chapman Taylor in 1999 and became a Director in 2017. He is a key member of the Manchester studio management team where he is also responsible for leading major projects and overseeing QA and Risk Management.

He has extensive experience of large-scale retail, mixed-use and office developments in both the UK and internationally.

Areas of expertise:

Workplace / Retail / Mixed-use / Design Management / Delivery

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