Client Highline Investments Ltd

Sector Private Rental, Urban Living

Location Leeds

Value £106m

A landmark redevelopment project on the site of a former steelworks and Grade II listed viaduct, regenerating a forgotten area of Leeds from its post-industrial dereliction.

The Junction comprises 665 contemporary apartments across five blocks of up to 21 storeys, complete with car parking and bike storage. Communal areas include two private dining rooms, resident lounges, pocket parks and an outdoor events space, encouraging social interaction between residents.

Appointed through a two-stage tender, we formed an integrated team with the client, designer and architect to undertake preconstruction services. Building materials were selected to complement the form and features of the viaduct. The soft red/brown brickwork with a salt-glazed finish reflects the viaduct’s stonework, enhancing the beauty of the Victorian structure.

The client’s vision was to create a landmark destination, unlocking the potential of the area and breathing new life into the community. The viaduct has been converted into a linear public park that links the development with new retail outlets, cafes, bars and restaurants, creating employment opportunities and an economic boost to the city.

Collaborative working with the supply chain enabled the selection of low-maintenance components for building services, ensuring longevity, resilience, and reduced whole-life costs. Integrating disciplines optimised the construction sequence, delivering savings for the client and avoiding disruption to the local community.

We had originally set a target of 300 weeks of apprenticeship learning. So, to pass the 1,000-week mark is an extraordinary effort on behalf of the team and reflects our deep commitment to our early careers programme.” Rebecca Caunce Corporate Responsibility Manager, Galliford Try