Clarence Dock waterfront development, Leeds

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Sector Public realm
Environment Pedestrian areas
Project scope Pavements
Stone type Sandstone
Services provided Planning advice
Project location North West England
Client The Clarence Dock Company
Consultant RPS, Huddersfield
Contractor Shepherd Construction


Clarence Dock in central Leeds is the City’s largest mixed-use urban waterfront development. It includes over 1.2 million sq. ft. of attractions including restaurants, café bars, shops, a hotel, casino, office space and residential apartments.

During its development, the challenge was to produce an elegant and durable modern landscape that blended into Leeds’ cityscape.

Marshalls was pleased to be involved with the project from the start, helping to create a seamless integration of design, product, material and processes.


A mixture of bespoke and standard products were designed and supplied for the project over a two year period. Where standard items were insufficient in meeting the clients needs, bespoke propositions were developed to meet the projects exact requirements.

As well as concrete, granite and Yorkstone paving and kerbing solutions, Marshalls also developed and installed bespoke granite seating, planters and litter bins through the Marshalls Street Furniture division.

The company’s technical experts also designed a bespoke slot drainage solution for the scheme. It incorporated increased depth to cater for varying construction build up. Detailing and schedule documents were created to assist efforts on-site.

Working closely with Shepherd Construction’s site team, Marshalls provided value engineering exercises, drainage design, installation advice and product schedules to aid the contractor’s efforts.

All the material deliveries were carefully planned and timed to suit the the contractor, avoiding the potential problems that could have been caused by lack of storage spcae on site.


The development for The Clarence Dock Company was finished ahead of schedule and has transformed the waterfront area into a modern, vibrant urban destination which hopes to receive 1.5 million visitors each year.

It is an excellent example of how Marshalls’ products can be used to create a cohesive and integrated landscape and drainage solution.

The availability of advice and support at every stage of the project ensured suitable products were selected and installed to the client’s satisfaction, giving a stunning and durable hard landscape.

Neil Clarke, Construction Manager at Shepherd Construction, commented:

“This prestigious development in the heart of Leeds was truly a test of team working. As part of our preferred supply chain, we worked together with Marshalls to deliver a development which has completely transformed the area into one of Leeds most vibrant destinations. Our partnership with Marshalls on this project was a successful one, and any problems were efficiently dealt with.”

The project won the ‘Built in Quality’ award in the ‘New Build’ category at the West Yorkshire Built in Quality Awards, which recognises and rewards good quality building practices across a wide range of categories.


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