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10 Things We’re Looking Forward to in 2018

· Ali Turner · Discussion

From big regeneration projects to a new treetop adventure centre – 2018 here we come.

Go Ape

2018 is set to be another huge year for Leeds, with loads of things to look forward to.

We’ve got a really good feeling about 2018. There are already some great projects in the pipeline, with oodles of new openings to get excited about, but what are you looking forward to the most? We’ve put together a list of ten things that will make 2018 one to remember – but don’t be shy, let us know in the comments what would make your list.

A slew of new openings

The Ivy

So far, we’ve got a list of 21 new openings coming in 2018 – and it hasn’t even started yet. Imagine how many more we’ll have by the time the year is out. There’s a new rooftop bar in Trinity Leeds, a couple of Indian street food joints from across the Pennines and the imminent arrival of The Ivy. But it’s not just bars and restaurants – there’s a Clip ‘n Climb centre, a state of the art gym, a Danish home store and a new hotel.

A new beginning for First White Cloth Hall

First White Cloth Hall

It’s been a long time coming, but plans have finally been revealed for the regeneration of First White Cloth Hall. Rushbond have teamed up with Manchester-based architects Buttress to create a modern building that will honour its heritage. They’re going to rebuild the West Wing and the northern elevation, then enclose the courtyard in a modern glass structure. If all goes to plan, work could start in early 2018.

Lazy afternoons in the Kitty Cafe

The Kitty Cafe Leeds

It’s official, the Kitty Cafe is open! We’re imagining rainy afternoons holed up inside their quirky cafe with 30 cats roaming around us. You’re encouraged to move around and meet them all in your hour-long session, while you enjoy a little something from the menu – they have 100 different varieties of tea and all the cake you could possibly want.

Big changes for West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse

PagePark Architects

This is it, the £2.3 million redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse will begin in 2018 and they have ambitious plans. Not only will they create a new city-facing entrance, but they’ve now confirmed that they’ll be building a new studio space in a rock void underneath the theatre’s box office. The space, which will be called The Bramall Rock Void, will help to support their commitment to developing artists and the local community.

Leeds United in the Premier League… maybe

The dream that’s been in the minds of Whites’ fans since their relegation from the Premier League at the end of 2003-04 is looking like a real possibility. Right now they’re just outside the play-offs, but they’re on the the hunt for promotion and they’re in good form. Can Thomas Christiansen lead them, and us, to glory? Here’s hoping…

New plans for Temple Works

Temple Works Leeds

It was meant to go up for auction, but it didn’t happen, because CEG did a deal on Temple Works. They’re the people behind CEG: Southbank, the huge development that’s set to transform five parcels of land in Holbeck – and they’re already planning to build the tallest building in Leeds. We’re excited to hear what they’re going to do with the historic site.

NEXUS opening summer 2018

This summer, the new NEXUS Innovation and Enterprise Centre at the University of Leeds will open. It’s designed to drive innovation through collaboration, by bringing businesses and academics together to solve real problems. And you can expect it to have a positive impact on the city itself, as our reputation in innovation spreads.

A new Go Ape Treetop Adventure Centre for Leeds

Go Ape

Credit: Kelly Last licensed for commercial use under Creative Commons.

Well, Roundhay was a big no-no, but it looks like Temple Newsam is a goer, because Go Ape’s plans for a new treetop adventure centre have been recommended for approval. If it goes ahead, we’ll have an exciting new attraction, with a series of high rope crossings and obstacles, not to mention their famous zip wires and Tarzan-style swings.

The new urban bike park

Phase one of the £1.2 million new urban bike park at the old Middleton Golf Course is now complete, so make 2018 the year you dust off your wheels and put their new cross-country mountain bike trail to the test. It also has a pump track for experienced riders and a community hub. But they’re not stopping there – work is set to start on phase two in 2018, so we’ve got a lot more to look forward to.

A solution to our transport woes


Credit: skytran.com

Is it too much to hope that this year might be the year? So far, every transport solution we’ve been given has fallen short, but as we look at all the exciting new developments in the pipeline for Leeds, it becomes blatantly clear that what Leeds really needs is an integrated transport system and until we get it, we’re not going anywhere… much like the traffic.

Header image credit: Kelly Last licensed for commercial use under Creative Commons.