Welcome to South Bank Leeds website. We have ambitious plans to double the size of Leeds city centre to create 35,000 new jobs and over 8,000 new homes.

We have published a draft strategy for the future of the area which is available to download. Explore the website to find out more about one of Europe's largest regeneration projects.


About South Bank Leeds


South Bank Leeds has a growing educational hub with the Ruth Gorse Academy and the city's first University Technical College, UTC Leeds which opened in September 2016. These are in addition to the existing Leeds City College and Leeds College of Building campuses. It’s an area that will provide the right skills, up-to-date training and qualifications for the next generation to succeed in a competitive job market.

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A Hub for Education

The education hub, currently provides over 10,000 students with access to local employment through better relationships between schools, employers and local people. Existing and new sectors of innovation and entrepreneurship will be supported to encourage growth and retain students within Leeds. 

The arrival of HS2 will see the creation of bursaries and apprenticeships from universities and colleges for HS2 related programmes. Bespoke courses will be delivered to our students which will enthuse and excite the next generation of engineers, technicians and infrastructure specialists, and retain young people in the city who will be the workforce of the future.


South Bank will bring huge economic growth to Leeds, aspiring to deliver 35,000 new jobs. Education developments will offer services enabling those who gain qualifications to be connected to the increase in job opportunities within the South Bank. 

Work with stakeholders will ensure opportunities from South Bank are available to residents in surrounding communities, in order to secure jobs for local people.

Growing STEM skills in South Bank

UTC Leeds is the first of its kind in the area, and is an integral part of the education hub. It provides young people aged 14-19 with the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in across a wide range of advanced manufacturing and engineering roles.  

It offers a curriculum which is relevant to the on-going engineering opportunities that are present in South Bank Leeds. UTC Leeds aims to offer employer led projects that will offer a positive learning experience. 

Cutting edge technology

By working in state of the art facilities, students have access to cutting edge technology, giving them the most updated training there is to offer. UTC Leeds aims to offer the correct social and technical skills that will improve chances of employability, while the Ruth Gorse Academy’s new £21 million site will provide great opportunities to young people living in the surrounding communities.

If you would like more information on these facilities please contact us at southbank@leeds.gov.uk

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