Sovereign Square is the first public realm project in the centre of Leeds for a generation, and is an integral part of a wider masterplan vision from Leeds City Council to regenerate the city’s southern neighbourhood. Sovereign Square is the gateway to the city’s ambitious future city park along the River Aire and the South Bank.
re-form designed the public realm as a series of interlinked spaces, animated by a rich variety of tree planting, contemporary planting and two water features. The square is centrally located adjacent to Leeds train station, and has become a popular destination that attracts businesses and people.
The square is animated by a rich variety of tree planting, lighting and two water features. A rill marks the line of the historic goit, which once powered the mills that were abundant in this part of the city centre. It now provides a navigational aid and a source for play, connecting the water plaza, rain gardens and central square.
The project won a Leeds Architectural Award for best public space in 2017.