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DLA Architecture has secured planning consent, on behalf of its client Metropolitan and District Securities (MDS), to deliver a major new mixed-use scheme at Quarry Hill in Leeds city centre.

St Cecilia Place is a new development on the site of the former Quarry Hill flats that were demolished over 40 years ago.  The scheme will comprise 352 build-to-rent (BTR) residential apartments along with amenity spaces and commercial units.

The DLA design approach includes three elegant interlinked tall buildings ranging in height of 19, 20 and 22 storeys with each connected by a pair of eight storey structures. The residential space will offer studios, one bed, two bed and three bed apartments. The ground floor public realm includes two courtyards, communal facilities with cycle storage and a residents car park.

Working alongside ID Planning, DLA secured approval from officers who acknowledged that the scheme delivers efficient use of a prime site and would make a valuable contribution to housing needs in the city as well as job creation.

St Cecilia Place forms a critical part of the overall development at Quarry Hill which links Playhouse Square in the west to Quarry House in the east.  Adjacent developments include the mixed use SOYO scheme, the new Leeds City College building and the redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Sue Sparling, Director at DLA Architecture, said, “We are delighted to secure planning consent for MDS to deliver St Cecilia Place.  The development will form the final piece of the wider Quarry Hill masterplan, which is known as the cultural quarter of Leeds and includes Leeds Playhouse, the Northern Ballet and Leeds College of Music Auditorium.

“The site itself is located on St Cecilia Street and through early consultation we established St Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and therefore, it felt appropriate the development should be known as St Cecilia Place.

“Our design approach recognises the historic building fabric and characteristics of the island site whilst also complementing the more recent developments in the area. A significant level of both internal and external amenity space is incorporated with large communal roof gardens creating vibrant spaces with far reaching views of the wider city. The building forms create two south facing landscaped courtyards, along with ecological and visual enhancement of the retained landscape corridor to the north of the site which is part of the wider Leeds Habitat Network.”

DLA Architecture is an award-winning practice which employs over 75 architects, landscape architects, technologists, and graphic designers.  Established over 40 years ago the practice has offices in Leeds, Manchester and London.  Its expertise covers a broad range of sector including learning, sport, industry, care, workplace, housing, retail, conservation, and re-use.

DLA is very familiar with the Leeds landscape having consulted on major developments including the award-winning office scheme at The Majestic in the city centre.  It is currently designing the redevelopment of the former Leeds Technology Campus site, also for MDS, the new £270 million landmark mixed-use development on the former International Swimming Pool site at Lisbon Street and the refurbishment of 12 King Street to provide over 54,000 sq ft of new workplace.



A couple who met as children in the 1940s have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and revealed the key to a long marriage is enjoying "a little drink together".

Dennis and Maureen Wilson first locked eyes as teenagers while working at the Grand Hotel in Sheffield, South Yorks., where they were both earning a modest wage at the time.

The pair bonded while entertaining a host a of iconic names at the luxurious residence, including Winston Churchill, Princess Anne, the Beatles and Manfred Mann.

Dennis, now 89, and Maureen, 88, hit it off and enjoyed a whirlwind romance before tying the knot in 1951 and having two children a short time later.

The couple, who have three grandsons, two great-grandsons, and two great granddaughters, say they have enjoyed "wonderful" lives which they are "grateful" for.

Earlier this month, on April 7, they were "delighted" to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a few friends and family - and a big bottle of bubbly.

Speaking about his relationship tips, Dennis said: "Being dedicated to each other and helping each other is very important.

"Patience and enjoying the present is key as well."

He added: "Having a little drink together and a sense of humour has helped as well."

Dennis said the relationship hasn't been without its troubles over the years, although they have always remained madly in love.

He added: "It wasn't always easy going, especially in the early days, but even so we managed to buy our own house and take the children on holiday.

"Now that the youngsters are older, being able to go out together to the pub has been most enjoyable."

Sadly, Maureen suffers from dementia and, in recent years, Dennis has spent most of his time looking after her.

He said: "My main priority is taking care of my wife."

Dennis added that doing the little things over the course of many years can result in a couple enjoying a long and happy life together.

Offering advice, he said: "If you have kids make sure you keep them happy.

"If you can afford it then keep control of the bills, that's important."

Dennis even advised people not to "spend too much" money and that if they like to bet then try and only have a "flutter" on the Derby.

He met his future wife when he was only 14 years old while they were both working in menial roles at the Grand Hotel.

He eventually became head porter of the Grand before moving on to a number of other hotels, while Maureen continued to work in the same industry.

Sadly their son David passed away a number of years ago at the age of 48, but their daughter Sue Lloyd lives close to them in Sheffield, South Yorks., and sees them most days.

She said: "My mum and dad are amazing, they're a wonderful example to other couples.

"Hopefully people can hear a few of my dad's tips and learn from them."

Sue added: "I have lots of great memories as a family, of spending time together and going on holiday.

"They gave me a great childhood."

(SWNS | Barnaby Kellaway)

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