Sectors - Civil

GHD Appointed to Monk Bridge Development

GHD has been appointed by Galliford Try to provide site-wide highway design services for the Monk Bridge development in Leeds.

GHD is to design the development’s road, pedestrian walkways and entry and exit points as well as ensuring optimum safety at all times. The GHD team has been delivering the project remotely during lockdown and will be responsible for the safe flow of traffic and pedestrians through the development both during and after construction. This also includes taking social distancing into account in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme, worth £105 million, will transform the South West of Leeds city centre. The former Monk Bridge steelworks site has been vacant for over a decade and is set to be redeveloped into a new and vibrant community. Galliford Try is the lead contractor for the 665-home development, which is being constructed on behalf of Highline Investments.

As part of the redevelopment, the Grade 11-listed Victorian viaduct of the now defunct Leeds and Thirsk railway will now be refurbished to create a new plaza for retail and hospitality units, as well as a new entry point into the city centre. The site’s listed status and constrained nature pose several challenges in regard to road and pathway design, so GHD’s expertise is key.

Victoria Brayshaw, Project Director at GHD, said: “The Monk Bridge development in Leeds is a significant scheme that will rejuvenate this long-dormant site in the heart of the city. GHD has previous experience in the area, at Latitude, and we are delighted to be playing a role in transforming the cityscape further. We are committed to creating lasting community benefit through innovative and solution-led urban design and look forward to applying our expertise and experience to this ambitious project.”

Sean Sweet, Operations Manager at Galliford Try, commented: “We are delighted to have GHD onboard to deliver best-in-class highway design solutions for this project. We have a long and successful history of working with the company, which is why we have entrusted them with this challenging aspect of the development. This is one of the most important construction schemes to have taken place in Leeds city centre in years and so it’s crucial that we have a first-class team in place.”

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