We are delighted to confirm that DPP’s Leeds office has been shortlisted for Consultancy of the Year at the Yorkshire Insider Property Awards 2021.
The shortlisting follows DPP’s Newcastle office also being shortlisted in the same category for the Insider North East Property Awards 2021.
In being shortlisted to the final three consultancies, the judges have acknowledged the significant contribution DPP has made to delivering major projects in the Yorkshire region over the past twelve months. Particular highlights were:
Arena Point, Leeds – Arena Point is a proposed 45-storey purpose-built student accommodation scheme being brought forward by Olympian Homes in Leeds City Centre. The scheme will deliver 705 beds across a mix of studio apartments and shared cluster flats, supporting the continued regeneration of Leeds’ Arena Quarter. DPP’s planning strategy for this project led to a delegated planning approval, almost unheard of for the scale of development proposed.
Urban Extension to Howden, East Riding – DPP recently secured the draft allocation of this site, making it one of the largest urban extensions within the region. The 2,200 dwellings have been promoted by DPP through the Local Plan as a 120 hectare urban extension to the existing town of Howden.
Residential Development, Tockwith – DPP recently secured planning approval for 64 dwellings at Tockwith, North Yorkshire. Despite significant local objection, DPP secured planning permission at one of the country’s first virtual planning committees, set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Esther Simpson Building, Leeds – DPP secured planning approval for the £35M investment in the University of Leads’ city campus to a deliver a new state of the art building for the university’s business school and school of law. The building will welcome its first students in September this year.
Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield – an innovative £80m co-living and student accommodation scheme in the heart of Sheffield. DPP secured planning approval and subsequent amendments to this project, which is one of the first co-living schemes in the Yorkshire region.
Speaking about the shortlisting, Director Michelle Davies said:
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. Over the past 12 months we have worked on some of the highest profile schemes in Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region. The securing of the Arena Point consent, the tallest building in Yorkshire, under delegated powers was a real highlight for the team, demonstrating that our commercially-focused planning advice delivers outstanding results.
In addition, Director Mark Lane said:
As well as our project work, the Leeds team has grown despite the pandemic with the appointment of two new graduates and two new senior planners in the past 12 months. Our in-house training systems, flexible working, company ethos and our strong team values has ensured that the team has remained together despite difficult circumstances and many of our staff have performed way beyond our expectations to deliver great results for our clients. This shortlisting reflects that team effort.
Images: Arena Point, Leeds – Olympian Homes; Tockwith – Mulgrave Developments/PRA Architects; Howden, East Riding – J G Hatcliffe / DIP Architects; Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield – Corstorphine and Wright; Esther Simpson Building – DLA Architecture