While Leeds may not be quite as large as some of its British counterparts, it is an incredibly thriving hub of culture and economic promise. The prosperous city has ambitious new changes planned for 2019, with many exciting new business ventures, enabling it to become even more diverse and economically viable.
Here are some of the biggest changes coming to Leeds and what you can expect from them:
The new Hampton by Hilton hotel
Scheduled to open in late 2019, Leads’ latest venture into the tourism sector will see a brand new 192 room hotel open in the city center1. Just metres from the Victoria Gate Shopping Centre, the new Hilton hotel is the third one of its kind to join the city.
Improvements to the A61
The biggest infrastructure project that Leeds has seen in over 50 years is costing a whopping £80 million; and is expected to make incredible changes to the city’s traffic.
The improvements to the A61 Harrogate Road roundabout are designed to connect East and North Leeds much more effectively; resulting in better flow of traffic for the residents of the 5,000 new homes that are intended to be built over the next few years2.
The new Wesley Hotel
Creating 70 new jobs for the people of Leeds, the grade II listed Oxford Place Methodist Church is being transformed into a 70-bedroom hotel, fully equipped with a modern restaurant and terraced area3. The new hotel is expected to make a storm on Leads’ tourist industry.
Furthermore, the hotel’s profits will be redistributed back to the Methodist Church to contribute towards developing more effective mission projects within the city centre3.
Leeds Bradford Airport
In preparation to fly a million more passengers, Leeds Bradford Airport has plans in place for a new £12 million terminal building. The new terminal will be home to customs, baggage claim and immigration facilities; meaning the tourism industry in Leeds is expected to soar even further.
Leeds Playhouse refurbishment
Currently amid a £15.8 million refurbishment project that’s due to finish in the middle of 2019, Leeds Playhouse is opening a brand-new underground theatre.
The new theatre will house an extra 50 seats in the courtyard and 100 in the quarry, which will provide a vast range of new and cutting-edge productions to its audience. The improvements will also see better access for wheelchair users, a new restaurant, bar, baby changing facilities and a family friendly area, and a dedicated space for their youth development plan4; so new and upcoming local performers will have somewhere to showcase their talents.
Leeds University Innovation Centre
Costing approximately £40 million, the innovation centre named ‘Nexus’ is due to open in 2019. It will be a hub for the local innovation community as well as national and international organisations looking to innovate, be more productive and grow5.
Yorkshire’s new tallest building
Set to take up residency on Leeds’ South Bank, the new 37-storey building will include 752 purpose-built student bedrooms, making it the city’s new tallest building in Yorkshire. The construction work will create 300 new construction jobs over the course of its development6.
The long-awaited Leeds ice rink
Expected to open in January 2019, the long-anticipated ice rink is finally coming to fruition, creating over 1,800 in capacity and a fun, dynamic environment for the people of Leeds. The on-site bar and restaurant should also bring in a tidy profit as skaters finish their time on the ice and head for some refreshments.
So, there you have it, Leeds is developing at an extraordinary rate and is expected to grow and innovate even further over the coming years.
SOURCE: 1Business Traveller, 2Leeds.gov.uk, 3Insider Media Limited, 4Leeds Play House, 5University of Leeds, 6Yorkshire Post, 7Yorshire Evening Post.