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Developer and asset manager MEPC has announced a £1.1m investment into the public realm at the Wellington Place development in the centre of the city.
Jane Imrie

Wellbeing boost for Leeds’ business district with new £1.1m public realm investment

Over a million pounds is set to be invested in creating new green spaces and activity areas in the heart of Leeds’ business district.

Developer and asset manager MEPC has announced a £1.1m investment into the public realm at the Wellington Place development in the centre of the city.

The investment will see a number of additions to the public space at the site including green walk-through routes and landscaped spaces, as well as dedicated areas for activities.

Work on the project is set to commence in April, and it is hoped that the development will complement the outdoor offerings of local hospitality venues as well as support the wellbeing of those working in Wellington Place.

Paul Pavia, head of development at Wellington Place, explained: “It has been long recognised that quality public realm in cities can have such a positive impact – not just on the environment, but also on people.

“This has become increasingly prevalent over the last year with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has highlighted the value and reliance on outdoor spaces for our health and wellbeing.

“The improvements to the public space at Wellington Place will mirror and support the shift that businesses are making towards flexible and collaborative working, as well as enhancing the community programme we currently have in place.

“Tower Square has been and will always be at the heart of the development, and improvements to that space will see regular outdoor fitness classes, local markets stalls and street food vendors for everyone to enjoy.”

Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council’s chief executive, added: “It’s great to hear about this investment, which is another forward-thinking piece in the development jigsaw that’s taken shape at Wellington Place in recent years.

“We want to have the best possible uses made of public space across the city and these plans, with their focus on improving both the environment and people’s wellbeing, are a fine example of what can be achieved.

“They also underline how innovative ideas and community spirit will help drive Leeds’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that leaves no one behind. It will be really exciting to see the positive impact that the work has on Wellington Place and the wider regeneration of the West End of the city.”

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