The biggest developments going on in Leeds

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The biggest developments going on in Leeds

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June 21, 2016 12:13 pm Published by
John Lewis Shopping Center in Leeds

We’ve seen Leeds grow and grow in recent years – and that development is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

It is quickly becoming one of the UK’s cornerstone cities through a number of new projects that either have already been completed or are underway. Let’s take a look at some of the ones that are helping take the city to the next level:

Victoria Gate

The shopping experience in Leeds already has a brilliant reputation, but Victoria Gate is about to make it even better. Building on the success of the characterful Victoria Quarter, its development began in spring 2014 and is due to be completed in autumn 2016.

It’ll boast the city’s first John Lewis store amongst a selection of luxurious designer brands from around the world. We’d say watch this space, but it’s hard to miss it when you’re at the WYP-end of the Headrow!

Central Square

Wellington Street is seeing the development of one of the most ambitious retail, leisure and office complexes of Leeds’ history. It will feature a new addition to the Leeds skyline just a few minutes’ walk from the train station and city square, with around 25,000 sq ft of office floor space and 20,000 sq ft of leisure space for new restaurants and bars. Exciting stuff, if you ask us!

Central Square in Leeds Wellington Street inside Central Square in Leeds design Central Square in Leeds by night

Dakota Hotel

Under construction on Greek Street is a brand new £12 million luxury hotel that will bring 90 new bedrooms to an area of Leeds that’s undergoing a bit of a revival in itself. It’s replacing the ‘stacker’ car park that – let’s face it – wasn’t the city’s prettiest feature, so there’ll be plenty to meet the eye and please visitors for business and pleasure alike when the Dakota opens its doors soon.

Dakota Hotel in Leeds Dakota Hotel in Leeds outside Dakota Hotel in Leeds on Greek street

L1 Performance Gym

Towards the end of 2016, Wellington Place will see the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness complex called L1 Performance. Kyle Harris from Harrogate is bringing his years of military expertise to Leeds to open a gym that isn’t just any old gym; it’ll feature an astro-turf running track, sports therapy rooms and sections dedicated entirely to spinning, pilates and yoga for the fitness fanatics of Leeds.

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L1 Gym

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility

It’s a building that has grown into the Leeds skyline over the last few years and it is as striking in its appearance as it is admirable in its purpose. The facility in Cross Green is the first of its kind to feature a recycling element before the rubbish goes into creating energy to power local homes, so it’s putting Leeds at the forefront of recycling and energy recovery in the UK.

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2023 European Capital of Culture bid

OK, this is a city-wide development that will be years in the making, but boy will it pay off if we win. Leeds is aiming to be the European Capital of Culture in 2023 in a move that will catapult it into the consciousness of the continent for years to come.

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