Redeveloping the South Bank area of Leeds will be the biggest change the city has seen in more than a hundred years. We aim to double the size of Leeds city centre by transforming South Bank into a distinctive European destination for investment, living, learning, creativity and leisure.
South Bank refers to a number of investments and proposed activities aimed at regenerating 185 hectares of land that lies south of the River Aire in Leeds. Equivalent to 250 football pitches in size, the regeneration will help to double the size of Leeds city centre; it will provide over 35,000 jobs and over 4,000 homes, and be one of the largest city centre regeneration initiatives in Europe capturing the growth of Leeds city centre for the coming decades.
WORK AND LEISURE
The area is home to Asda's headquarters, Sky, over 3,000 residents and a creative and digital cluster of over 250 businesses including award winning independent businesses. There are over 30 listed heritage assets in the area and it is a leading location for the region’s digital economy. South Bank already showcases the diversity and range of sectors which contribute to Leeds economy. The proposals aim to develop a European location for investment, creativity, leisure and living; attracting jobs, firms and skilled workers who are not already in Leeds from across the world.
South Bank is the proposed location for a new station for HS2 creating an integrated Leeds Station. This facility will have more passengers than Gatwick airport currently, and will have a transformational impact on Leeds' connectivity with the rest of the UK, driving growth and economic prosperity. The development will attract new businesses and leisure opportunities whilst acting as a stepping stone into better connections across the region.
A range of new developments will be established in the South Bank providing a resilient infrastructure which will support a variety of uses. There are plans for a range on investments in infrastructure including a transformation of the road network and the waterfront, flood protection, super-fast broadband, new public spaces and a social infrastructure to support more residential developments for families.
Regeneration of the South Bank will link neighbouring communities to the city centre through new walking routes and better public transport links. This will allow better connection to employment and leisure opportunities. A priority is to better connect businesses and developers to training providers and address any barriers people may have in accessing jobs.
Making the most of a natural asset
By doubling the size of the city centre, the River Aire will be placed in the heart of the city. The opportunity to reintroduce the River Aire into people's daily lives is a key theme within the framework. Integrating the river into the new green network will allow people to pass freely along the water's edge as a connective piece of infrastructure. The waterfront can become home to new activities and a destination for leisure.
Home to Culture
Leeds is a truly cultural city. Leeds' bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023 and the emerging Cultural Strategy will be transformational and help redefine the city. South Bank is a microcosm of Leeds’ culture scene – a diverse and exciting mix of attractions, communities, events and places to gather – with something new to enjoy every visit.
We want your ideas on the future of South Bank and you can have your say here using our online survey.