After a memorable 2014, there’s much to look forward to as the next ten years promise some game-changing moments for Leeds.
Trinity Leeds, First Direct Arena and the Tour de France have all become a reality for Leeds, but you could argue that the best is still yet to come. Over the next decade, Leeds will have concrete proof that it’s become one of the UK’s most up and coming cities. So which new developments will define Leeds’ future?
After years of dereliction, the Northern Quarter is now the side of Leeds offering a glimpse of the future. There’ll be over 42,000 square metres of retail and leisure space up for grabs, offering around one thousand jobs for the city and a flagship John Lewis store. With Leeds recently making the leap from the fourth to the third best retail UK destination outside of London, don’t be surprised to see Victoria Gate take it to the top.
Changing Face of Leeds Train Station
There’s a third entrance coming to Leeds Train Station and by gosh, it’s needed. With over a 100,000 folk passing through the concourse on a daily basis, the timing for the new Southern entrance couldn’t be better. It will allow for more people to come to Leeds without increasing congestion or delays. Tie that into the plans for Leeds’ inclusion in the HS2 proposals and the impact that Leeds’ rail connections could have on the South of the city could be huge.
The Regeneration of the South Bank
Speaking of which, it looks as though the South Bank of Leeds is about to become the main focus for Leeds’ expansion over the next decade. HS2 will require its own station, there’s a new school set to be built serving Hunslet and Beeston, and the proposals put forward by One Leeds plc are enticing. The latter could see a whole host of apartments, offices, car parking, green spaces, hotels and leisure facilities built adjacent to New Lane Station, inspiring a bright future for a developing part of Leeds.
Conferencing With a Brand New Hilton
One of downfalls of Leeds is its lack of conferencing space to attract big businesses to the area, with many utilising Harrogate as a worthy alternative. By 2015 though, the new 14 storey Hilton Leeds is set to change all that. Along side its massive 206 five star rooms, the new hotel, just around the corner from First Direct Arena, will provide Leeds with state of the art conferencing facilities and meeting space when it opens in 2015.
European Capital of Culture?
If all goes according to plan, Leeds could well be the cultural capital of Europe in a decade’s time. The wheels are slowly getting in motion for a bid that could revolutionise the way Leeds is viewed across the world. Using Leeds’ cultural institutions to show off the best of the city, while attracting investment and regeneration, this could be the biggest thing Leeds has been awarded since its city status in 1893.