The scheme includes buildings of 17 and 21 storeys. Credit: Sisk

Men from UNCLE mark topping-out

Contractor John Sisk & Son has reached the highest point of construction on the first building at the £68m UNCLE Leeds build-to-rent residential project.

Due to be completed at Whitehall Road in April 2024, the project – also known as Latitude Purple –  comprises two residential towers, of 17 and 21 storeys, the first of which is the one now topped out.

The development sits on the previous site of Doncaster Monkbridge Iron & Steelworks. Sisk and HUB’s maiden residential outing in Leeds, it will deliver 463 homes.

The two buildings will sit over a single level of basement, with a single storey podium deck joining the buildings, topped by a landscaped area accessible to residents from the first floors.

At ground floor, car parking will be available beneath the podium deck. Car parking and bicycle holds will also be available in the basement, where storage, MEP plantrooms and water tanks will also be situated.

Sisk said that this project complements its civil engineering presence in the Leeds city region, which to date has delivered projects including the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme.

Alan Rodger, managing director, UK North at Sisk, said: “We are delighted to make this vision become a reality for our client, HUB. Sisk is thrilled to have reached the milestone of topping out which supports the Leeds skyline expansion and next phase of flourishing BTR offering in the city.

“On behalf of Sisk, I would like to congratulate all of my colleagues and supply chain partners for their efforts in getting us to this stage.”

HUB’s managing director Damien Sharkey said: “People and communities are at the heart of everything we do, and topping out brings us a step closer to realising the benefits this scheme will deliver for the local people of Leeds.

“In the context of the current housing crisis, this is an especially exciting milestone for Latitude Purple, which will provide the city with hundreds of much-needed homes when it completes in April next year.”

Rodger and Sharkey flanking Leeds lord mayor Bob Gettings. Credit: Sisk

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