�19m flats development for Leeds city centre

A 1.25-acre site has been earmarked for the 13-storey X1 Aire scheme, which will comprise 147 one and two-bedroom apartments including five luxury penthouses, all exclusively available on a buy-to-let basis.

Construction work is due to start later this year on the �19m project and, if everything goes smoothly, it will be completed in April 2017.

Details of the scheme have been unveiled just a day after new figures confirmed Leeds�s place at the forefront of the UK�s city living boom.

The East Street project is a joint enterprise between property provider Knight Knox and Liverpool-based developer X1.

Knight Knox commercial director Andy Phillips said: �It�s a very exciting time to launch in Leeds.

�It�s a vibrant city with some great qualities � brilliant nightlife, great shopping and unbeatable travel links.

�We�re delighted to be providing the area with premium residential property and valuable investment opportunities, whilst enhancing our reputation in a new territory with such a unique scheme.

�Leeds has long shed its image as just an industrial powerhouse and is now known for its financial and professional sectors, where there are more private sector jobs than the national average. It�s a great place to invest.�