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Leeds to get multi-purpose events arena

Developer Downing plans to create a multi-purpose events and student accommodation complex in the centre of Leeds, on land adjacent to the First Direct Arena. 

According to the developer, the proposed mixed-use development would transform two plots of land including the soon to be vacated site of the Yorkshire Bank HQ.

The centrepiece of the development will comprise an events arena with up to 2,000m2 of floor space and a 900-person capacity auditorium. The facility will be able to host concerts and shows that require a more intimate space than is currently offered by the First Direct Arena, but larger capacities than other venues in Leeds, filling a gap in the city’s existing events provision.

With a range of different spaces potentially available within the venue, it would also provide opportunities for local community-led activities and events.

George Tyson, Projects Director at Downing, said: “It has long been recognised that Leeds is in need of an additional, flexible events space capable of hosting corporate banqueting, awards ceremonies and live entertainment.

“With 2,000m2 of flat floor space, this scheme has the potential to host conferences and exhibitions which can’t be facilitated at the Arena or other venues in the city centre, allowing Leeds to secure business that may otherwise be lost to other cities and regions.”

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