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Cultural District

The location of world class culture and leisure, national HQs, retail and a growing residential population, this high footfall area reflects the diversity and dynamism of our city. With major investments in public realm and an international year-long celebration of culture, Leeds 2023, progressing, there are further opportunities for mixed use and residential led development.  

A number of internationally renowned cultural organisations and destinations are located here, including the Leeds First Direct Arena, one of the world’s busiest music venues, Phoenix Dance, Northern Ballet, the BBC, Opera North, Grand Theatre, Yorkshire Dance and Leeds Playhouse. Combined they provide a cultural focal point which is home tosome of the most popular attractions in the country. Together, these organsiations help to contribute to our world class events programme; we host over 70 major annual festivals and arts events.

Infrastructure Investments

Leeds continues its commitment to cultural ambition and will deliver a six year, £35m, programme of cultural events and investment, culminating in a year-long celebration of culture in 2023. This area is central to these ambitious plans, and will be at the heart of our celebrations

Through our spaces strategy, major new public realm is planned, with the first of these – Gateway Court – due for completion in 2019 and will provide high quality green space for residents, visitors, students and workers.

Further, infrastructure projects are progressing which will see more than £100m of investment to help people move to and through the area. These plans have been shaped collaboratively between the Council, Combined Authority and landowners.  Works due to start imminently on a range of infrastructure proposals as part of our Connecting Leeds plans.

Investment Opportunities

There is scope for a wide range of investment and development in this area. Major schemes are progressing by Moda Living on their new Private Rented Sector development, further phases of re-development at the Merrion Centre provide opportunities for new occupiers in office, retail and leisure, whilst urban realm enhancements around the Grand Quarter, will see new leisure opportunities for occupiers. The Council also owns development plots at the front of the world class Leeds Arena.

100 Merrion Centre

22-24 New Briggate Residential



Eastgate Quarter

Arena and Grand Quarter

Gateway Court Public Realm


Gold & Amber


Goods Yard

Hume House

Hume House

Leeds City College Campus

City College Campus

Leeds City Village


Lucent Square

Merrion Way

Merrion Way


Q Property Ltd.

Quarry Hill (SOYO)

Quarry Hill

Shannon Street

St. Alban's Place

St Albans

Symons House

Symons House

Victoria Gate Hotel

Zicon House