First ground broken in Sovereign Square oases

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The development of a green public square designed to be an “oases of calm” for busy Leeds workers has seen its first ground broken this week.

The Sovereign Square green park scheme will see the creation of a water feature, trees and a seating area on the site of a former car park on Sovereign Street.

It will provide an extra green space for the city centre and is part of a long-term regeneration project on the South Bank.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy, said: “I’m so pleased that work is starting on this stunning and imaginative green space. Once complete, Sovereign Square will enable anyone living or working in the area or simply passing through to relax and enjoy a wonderful green bolt-hole in the hustle and bustle of this busy and developing sector of the city centre.”