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This list of the tallest buildings and structures in Leeds ranks skyscrapers, structures and towers in the city of Leeds, England by height.

Leeds is a major UK city and regional capital with a city population of 757,700, and a Metro population of 2,302,000 (2001 est).

Currently, the tallest building in Leeds is Altus House at 114m which has held the record since topping out in 2020.

The oldest building on the list is Holy Trinity Church, constructed in 1727, which stands at a height of 56.7m (186ft). The newest is Vita, completed in 2019, which stands at a height of 57m (187ft).

There are currently three skyscrapers with a height of 100 metres (328 ft) or more, and 130 high-rise buildings with a height of at least 35 metres (115 ft) or more.

Tallest buildings and structures

This list ranks externally complete Leeds buildings and free-standing structures that stand at least 50 metres (164 ft), based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equals sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Buildings which have been demolished are not included.

Rank Name Image Height
m (ft)
Floors Year Notes
1 Bridgewater Place Bridgewater Place Leeds.PNG 112 (367) 32 2007 Currently the tallest building in Leeds and Yorkshire
2 Sky Plaza Sky Plaza Leeds.JPG 106 (348) 37 2009
3 Opal 3 3studentLeeds.jpg 90 (295) 27 2008
4 Pinnacle Pinnacle Leeds.jpg 80 (262) 20 1973 Formerly and colloquially known as West Riding House
5= Park Plaza Hotel Park Plaza Hotel Leeds 10 October 2018.jpg 77 (253) 20 1966 Formerly known as Royal Exchange House, renovated 2004
5= Tower North Central Tower North Leeds.jpg 77 (253) 19 1967 Formerly known as Tower House, renovated 2004
7 Candle House Candle House - Leeds.jpg 75 (246) 23 2009
8 K2 K2 Leeds.jpg 74 (243) 20 1972 Formerly known as Dudley House, renovated 2003
9= Cottingley Heights Cottingley Towers Cottingley Heights 17 Nov 2017.jpg 72 (236) 25 1972 Renovated 1989
9= Cottingley Towers Cottingley Towers Cottingley Heights 17 Nov 2017.jpg 72 (236) 25 1972 Renovated 1989
11= Broadcasting Tower Broadcasting Tower, Leeds, West Yorkshire.jpg 70 (230) 23 2009 Voted world's best tall building 2010
11= Central Village Tower Central Village Tower Leeds.jpg 70 (230) 22 2014
13 Leeds Town Hall Leeds Rathaus.jpg 68.6 (225) 1858
14 Clarence House Clarence House, Leeds.JPG 66.5 (218) 20 2008
15= Central Square Central Square, Leeds (25th August 2017) 003.jpg 65 (213) 12 2016
15= West Point West Point 16 August 2018.jpg 65 (213) 17 1975 Formerly known as Royal Mail House, renovated 2005
16 City Island Phase 2 61 (200) 20 2007
17 Parkinson Building Parkinson Building, Leeds University, England-12Sept2010.jpg 57 (187) 5 1951
18 Vita Vita Student Leeds St Albans.jpg 57 (187) 19 2019
19 Holy Trinity Church Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds (11th April 2011) 001.jpg 56.7 (186) 2 1727 Current spire added 1839
20 Castle House 56 (184) 14 1988
20= 1 City Square One City Square.png 54 (177) 12 1997
20= Blue 144005 144015 C Leeds.JPG 54 (177) 14 2004
22= 3 Central Village 53 (174) 17 2016
22= British Gas Building 53 (174) 14 1960s Plan raised for redevelopment into a hotel
22= Tinshill BT Tower Tinshill Tower - geograph.org.uk - 628861.jpg 53 (174) 1967 Commonly known as Cookridge Tower
24= Bond Court 52 (171) 13 1970s Formerly known as Sun Alliance House, renovated 2005
24= Platform (formerly known as City House) Platform, Leeds.jpg 52 (171) 15 1962 Formerly known as British Railways House, major renovation commenced
24= Leeds Civic Hall Leeds Civic Hall.jpg 52 (171) 6 1933
24= Leeds Metropolitan University Block F 52 (171) 13 1960s
24= The Gateway Leeds Etap hotel.jpg 52 (171) 15 2008
29= X1 Aire 50 (164) 14 2017
29= Leeds Metropolitan University
Block C
Leeds Metropolitan University - B Block - Calverley Street - geograph.org.uk - 510208.jpg 50 (164) 12 1960s
29= Nuffield Hospital Leeds Nuffield Hospital - geograph.org.uk - 397051.jpg 50 (164) 12 2003
29= Skyline Tower Skyline Apartments Leeds.jpg 50 (164) 17 2009
29= Whitehall Waterfront White hall, Leeds.JPG 50 (164) 16 2004
29= Whitehall Quay Whitehall Quay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England..jpg 50 (164) 18 2002
29= City Island City Island.jpg 50 (164) 16 2006
29= Watermans Place Watermans Place, Leeds West Yorkshire, England.jpg 50 (164) 16 2009
29= Merrion House New Merrion House, Merrion Way, Leeds (geograph 5439405).jpg 50 (164) 13 1964
29= Wade House Merrion House from St John's Gardens, Leeds (12th April 2014).JPG 50 (164) 13 1964
29= Technology Campus,
formerly Leeds City College
Leeds City College, Technology Campus (1st February 2012).jpg 50 (164) 12 1965
29= Lloyds Bank Lloyds Building, Park Row, Leeds (4th May 2010).jpg 50 (164) 10 1972
29= Princes Exchange Princes Exchange office block - geograph.org.uk - 1130109.jpg 50 (164) 12 2001

Tallest under construction, approved and proposed

Under construction

Rank Name Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 Altus House Student residential 114.3 375 38
2 White Rose View (Tower 1) (Unite, Merrion Way) Student residential 79 260 28
3 Symons House (Belgrave Street) Student residential 70 230 23
4 Wellington Street (Former Yorkshire Evening Post) Residential (PRS) 56 184 18 Est. completion 2019
5 Vita (St Albans Place) Student residential 56 183 18 Est. completion 2019
6 Hampton by The Hilton Hotel 53 174 14 Formerly British Gas Tower
7 White Rose View (Tower 2) (Unite, Merrion Way) Student residential 52 171 18
8 Vita II (formerly Hilton Leeds Arena) Student residential 51 168 16

Approved

The information below was last updated in April 2019.

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year (estimated completion)
1 Bridge House (Westgate & Croppergate Leeds) 87 285 28 Approved
2 Guinness Partnership (Hunslet Road) 20 Approved
3 QOne Tower (Wade Lane) 18 Approved
4 Radius (Whitehall Road) 47 154 17 Approved
5 Greenbank (Globe Road) 17 Approved
6 City Square House 60 200 15 Approved
7 Guinness Partnership (Hunslet Road) 16 Approved
8 City Reach 10-14 Approved
9 Doncaster Monk Bridge PRS (Phase 1 - Buildings A/B/C) 12-14 Approved
10 Moda Living (Quarry Hill) 12 Approved
11 Latitude (Yellow Block) 44 144 10 Approved
12 No.2 Whitehall Riverside (Block 1,2 & 3) 8 Approved
13 Latitude (Blue Block) 7 Approved
14 Ironworks (Holbeck Urban Village) 7 Approved
15 Tower Works 7 Approved
16 Leeds Beckett University Art Campus Approved

Proposed

This information below was last updated in April 2019.

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors
1 CEG Southbank (Tower 1) 136 446 40
2 Bridge Street / New York Road (Tower 1) 129 423 41
3 Midland Mills (Tower) 32
4 Bridge Street/ New York Road (Tower 2) 98 321 31
5 CEG Southbank (Tower 2) 25
6 SoCity (Lisbon Square) 24
7 Doncaster Monk Bridge (Phase 2 - Building E) 21
8 Bridge Street/ New York Road (Tower 3) 68 223 21
9 Shannon Street 20
10 Doncaster Monk Bridge (Phase 2 - Building D) 18
11 Bridge Street/ New York Road (Tower 4) 55 226 17
12 Home Group (Carlton Gate/Clay Pit Lane) 52 171 18
13 CEG Southbank (Tower 3) 17
14 100 Merrion Centre 17

Unbuilt

This lists proposals for the construction of buildings in Leeds that were planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft), for which planning permission was rejected or which were otherwise withdrawn.

Rank Name Use Height Floors Year Image Notes
metres feet
1 Criterion Place Tower 1 Residential 180 591 53 2008
2 Lumiere Tower 1 Residential 171 561 54 2008 Tower 1 was to provide 618 residential apartments, including a number of Prime Apartments aimed specifically at over-55s. It would have also provided a health centre, 1,660 sq m of offices and an artist studio/exhibition space.
3 Providence Tower Residential 120 394 30
4 Criterion Place Tower 2 Residential 118 387 33
5 Lumiere Tower 2 Serviced apartments, residential, office 113 371 32 2008 Tower 2 was to provide 220 apartments, providing a mix of serviced apartments and standard residential dwellings. The tower would have also contained 12,439sq m of offices and 2,733 sq m of retail.
Briggate Tower Office 113 371 25 1938 Cancelled due to World War II, site now occupied by Marks and Spencer.
7 City 1 Residential, hotel 112 367 37 2004
8 Hume House Student residence 130 430 42

Other unbuilt

  • EMI Westgate Tower, 120–140 metres, 36 storeys (circa 1970, around metres in height, cancelled for excessive height, site now occupied by 1980s Westgate Point development)
  • Triple Five Leeds Development - Height unknown (circa 1989, planned complex in Holbeck including shopping, residential and offices which was to include a number of high rise buildings of unspecified height, cancelled)
  • Norman Foster plan for Criterion Place for Royal London Insurance - circa 60-70m (proposed 1994, development on site cancelled)
  • Kite Tower - 90 m (vision from 2005 since superseded by The Spiracle)
  • Mayfair Tower - 98 m (cancelled 2006 due to failure to make profitable)
  • Brunswick Place - 91 m and 85 m (vision from 2006 for a redevelopment of this former Leeds Metropolitan University site)
  • The Spiricle - 80 m / 262 ft / 25 storeys (cancelled 2008 due to failure to make it profitable)
  • Cromwell Mount Towers (unapproved due to inappropriate height)
  • Manor Point (student residence) - cancelled 2006 due to failure to be profitable.
  • Millgarth Tower - Now the site of the new John Lewis store and former Millgarth police station
  • Leeds One by Ian Simpson Architects. Leeds One (on the former Tetley's Brewery site) was taken over by the Vastint project with entirely new plans and design.

Demolished buildings

  • Elland Road four floodlights - 79m / 260 ft. Constructed 1970 demolished 1991-3 for replacement with new East Stand and lighting above stands.
  • Albion Tower aka Leeds Permanent Building Society Tower - 61 m / 200 ft. Constructed 1960s demolished 1998 for replacement with The Light leisure / shopping complex.

History of tallest buildings in Leeds

Held record Name and location Constructed Height (m) Height (ft) Notes
From To
1727 1841 Holy Trinity Church 1722–1727 57 186 The earliest recorded tallest building in Leeds.
1841 1858 Leeds Minster 1837–1841 35 115 The only C of E church in the UK to have a daily choral service.
1858 1966 Leeds Town Hall 1853–1858 69 226 One of the tallest Town Halls in the United Kingdom.
1966 1973 Park Plaza Hotel Leeds 1965–1966 77 253 Also called Royal Exchange House.
1973 2005 West Riding House 1972–1973 80 262 The tallest building in Leeds for 32 years.
2005 2020 Bridgewater Place 2004–2007 112 367 The first Skyscraper in Leeds.
2020 Altus House, Leeds 2019– 116 380 The tallest building in Yorkshire and the North East.
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