daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > European Forums > UK & Ireland Architecture Forums > Projects and Construction > Leeds Metro Area

Leeds Metro Area Leeds, Bradford and West Yorkshire



Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old July 19th, 2005, 09:09 PM   #1
ps60
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,617
Likes (Received): 164

The First Direct Arena

Leeds Arena

A proposal has been put forward for a new 12,000 seat events arena events arena near Clarence Dock in Leeds City Centre. This state of the art arena will fill a void that has existed in Leeds for some time.

The arena will be designed around an Olympic sized ice rink that can be quickly transformed in to a concert hall or into a space that can be used to host many different types of sporting and entertainment events.

One of the unique features of the arena will be its use of smart seat technology, that will provide visitors with:

Food tray and cup holder;
Personal video screen, either in seat back or deployments arm;
Touch screen or hand control;
Merchandise, food and beverage ordered from and delivered to the seat; and
Card reader to accept both credit cards and smart (chip) cards.
The screens will also have software products including:
Selected camera angles;
Match and player statistics;
Box office;
Pre event games;
News and current affairs information;
Public transport and hotel information;
Betting facilities; and
Voting facilities.

Find out more about the arena by visiting Leeds Arena
ps60 no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
 
Old July 31st, 2005, 06:47 PM   #2
ps60
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,617
Likes (Received): 164

What Leeds Arena could look like (this is the Croydon Arena)

ps60 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 10th, 2005, 03:55 PM   #3
aviator
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Leeds
Posts: 3,523
Likes (Received): 154

From today's YEP:

Entertainment dream comes a step closer

By Paul Robinson

LEEDS has taken a significant step towards making its entertainment arena dream a reality, it was revealed today. Civic leaders were last night given their first glimpse of a long-awaited report on the development of new cultural facilities in the city.

It told them what most people have known for years - that Leeds needs an arena to keep pace with other regional heavyweights like Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle. The feasibility study's findings were endorsed at yesterday's meeting of the Leeds Initiative, an influential public-private partnership comprising representatives from the council and the city's corporate, education, health and voluntary sectors.

A major public consultation exercise will now be carried out over the next 10 weeks or so before the local authority decides if it should begin the serious business of trying to secure funding. In their report, consultants PMP make three key recommendations. They are:
l a 13,000-seater arena costing about £50m;
l new conference and exhibition facilities to stand alongside the arena;
l a £20m investment that would turn Leeds Town Hall into a world-class classical music venue.

Those findings were welcomed today by Tom Morton, chairman of the Leeds Initiative's cultural facilities task group and president of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce. He said: "This is a very thorough report which is both ambitious and realistic. We know there is a strong commercial case and popular demand for an arena - but we will still want people's comments and support."

PMP, whose 10-month study was funded by the council and regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, have already looked at a number of potential sites for the proposed complex. Exact details on the locations in the frame are not being made public yet, however. It is likely that the various schemes would be paid for with a mix of public and private cash. The YEP revealed in March that London-based businessman Patrick Nally was looking to build a £65m arena at Clarence Dock.

He insists no public money would be required for his project – but has also said he will only press ahead if he is convinced he has the council's general backing. It was not clear today what bearing, if any, the report would have on his plans. The lack of a top-flight concert venue means big names like REM and Destiny's Child are currently forced to give the city a wide berth when they head out on tour.
aviator no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 10th, 2005, 04:39 PM   #4
di Livio
In the brig
 
di Livio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: A Leeds of the mind
Posts: 9,419
Likes (Received): 470

Quote:
Originally Posted by aviator
The lack of a top-flight concert venue means big names like REM and Destiny's Child are currently forced to give the city a wide berth when they head out on tour.[/I]
Oh, it's not just the lack of a top-flight concert venue.
di Livio no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 10th, 2005, 04:47 PM   #5
Chris Silverwood
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Leeds
Posts: 55
Likes (Received): 0

Leeds Arena

Dear All,

Please find below the full text of the press release issued by the Leeds Initiative earlier today.

We intend to make a full statement to the press later this week, however in keeping with our promise to inform the users of this message board at the earliest opportunity, I would comment on the release as follows.

We are obviously extremely pleased that the feasibility study has been completed and recommended that the council, in conjunction with private sector partners, should now progress to develop an arena in Leeds.

In my opinion the salient points in relation to our proposed arena are as follows

* Our proposed arena cannot be compared to any current arena that exists in the UK. The level of technology and the quality of the food & beverage offering, as well as the hospitality facilities are exceptional. We expect levels of discretionary spend to be much higher than those at existing UK arena's. By discretionary spend, we mean that we expect people to arrive earlier and stay later and as such spend more on merchandising and food & beverage.

* We require no public sector funding whatsoever. We will fund the detailed planning application, the build cost and the operation of the arena.

* To date we have spent more than £1 million of our own money in relation to the Leeds Arena, which we hope illustrates our dedication to this project.

* We have been through this process already in Croydon. Stadi Varios Ltd, a company controlled by Patrick Nally, our CEO, has achieved preferred bidder status and once land issues have been resolved, we expect to be on site, ready to begin construction.

* We look forward to playing an active part in the public consultation process and are confident that we will be confirmed as the preferred bidder for Leeds Arena.

Kindest regards,

Chris Silverwood
Director
Leeds Arena Limited

3 Park Square
Leeds
LS1 2NE
Tel (07968) 986655

E : Chris.Silverwood@LeedsArena.com
W: www.LeedsArena.com

*****************************************

NEWS RELEASE
AUGUST 1O 2005

Study recommends an arena for Leeds
Conference and exhibition facilities also feasible


The feasibility study into new cultural facilities for Leeds has been completed and findings state that an arena development to seat about 13,000 people is commercially viable with significant demand, plus developer and promoter interest. Of all the options examined in the 10 month long study, the arena is considered the one to have the maximum positive economic impact for the city. The consultants estimate the capital cost of an arena at around £50m and project it would have an economic impact of £28m a year.

In addition, the consultants’ report stated that with substantial further investment of between £10m and £20m the Town Hall provides the best, most appropriate and affordable classical music facility for the city, as a new concert hall would cost at least £75m and is difficult to achieve without a major source of funding which they say is currently not available.

A summary of the findings will be published soon to seek support amongst the public and interested organisations across Leeds.

Other highlights of the report include:

· conference and exhibition facilities (of a type) not to compete with Harrogate directly) would be a significant commercial benefit to the city and are best provided alongside either the arena or a mid-size venue.

·A mid-size venue (2,700-3,500 capacity) provides facilities that are required by the city, but would create affordability difficulties if an arena and the Town Hall redevelopment were supported.

· a new concert hall could create a significant iconic building for the city, but there are alternative facilities that provide greater access, large audience appeal and value for money to the city. A new hall could be financed via a ‘Cultural Fund’ but the report says that commercial support for the proposition remains to be demonstrated.

The combination of an arena, upgraded Town Hall and conference and exhibition facilities could be delivered across the city, says the report, and would encourage Leeds to move up a league, maximise its regional capital status and provide significant facilities for all parts of the Leeds residents and business communities.

A Cultural Facilities Task Group, which was set up by the Cultural Partnership of the Leeds Initiative to oversee the feasibility study, has now received the consultants’ report and findings and has made several recommendations which were endorsed by the full board and executive of the Leeds Initiative on Tuesday night( August 9).

The Task Group recommends that the City Council, in conjunction with private sector partners, facilitates the development and funding of an arena with associated conference and exhibition facilities, and seeks substantial further investment to upgrade Leeds Town Hall to a first class symphonic music venue of international standing.

It goes on to recommend that that the City Council concentrates on these two recommendations in the short term and not abandon plans for a stand-alone new concert hall or mid-size venue, but that further consideration of these projects be deferred until the impact in practice of the Arena and Town Hall developments can be assessed.

The Task Group says that a summary of the findings and recommendations are to be published in order to seek support amongst the Leeds public, cultural and business sectors.

Commenting on the findings, Tom Morton, chairman of the Cultural Facilities Task Group and president of Leeds Chamber of Commerce said: “This is a very thorough report which is both ambitious and realistic. We know there is a very strong commercial case and popular demand for an arena and I expect many people will want the city to proceed as quickly as possible, but we still want people’s comments and support. In our view the report also makes a good case for an upgraded Town Hall.

“Leeds is already a culturally rich city, currently enjoying a £150m investment in cultural and leisure facilities and with much to be proud of. I believe that given support and by working together we can turn these recommendations into reality.” added Tom Morton.
Full details of the consultation have yet to be announced, but it is planned that a summary of the findings will be available and a special web site and email address set up for people to comment on over the next 8-10 weeks.
The feasibility study was originally commissioned following the publication of Vision 2004 -2020, the long term plan for the city produced by the Leeds Initiative, the city’s public private sector partnership. New and better music facilities were one of the top five issues expressed by the public and businesses in Leeds during city-wide consultation for the Vision. They were subsequently made one of the priorities in the Vision’s plan to help Leeds ‘go up a league’ as a regional capital and European city.

The study was carried out by PMP, a leading specialist consultancy in the leisure market, and was funded by Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward. It was carried out in three phases and involved at the outset consultations with over 200 representatives of the arts, sports and tourism and related organisations, the business sector, local media organisations, the voluntary sector, local and national politicians and adjacent local authorities. The full remit of the study has been to establish the level of demand for new music and associated facilities in Leeds and to provide an assessment of the commercial viability, funding implications, physical requirements and impact on existing provision in Leeds and the region.

ENDS
For media enquiries please contact:
Andrew McKeon, AJM Public Relations 0113 293 9950. 07802 484 155.

Notes to editors:

The Cultural Facilities Task Group consists of representatives from the public and private sector including Leeds Cultural Partnership, Leeds Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Leeds City Council (Development and Learning & Leisure Departments), Leeds Property Developers’ Forum, Leeds International Music Centre Trust, Yorkshire Culture and Yorkshire Forward.

Leeds Cultural Partnership
Early in 2003 the Leeds Initiative, launched a new cultural partnership and strategy to put all things cultural, from sports to the arts and recreation, at the heart of the city’s future progress and development. Already £150m is earmarked for investment in new cultural and sporting facilities in Leeds, including a new theatre and museum, international swimming pool, refurbishment of the Grand Theatre, and the restoration of Roundhay and Kirkstall parks. The need to provide additional flagship facilities and attractions for the city that can host large national and international events is a key part of the cultural strategy and of the second Vision for Leeds, the Leeds Initiative’s long-term plan for the city as a whole.


Continued…..

PMP
PMP is the largest professional services company in the UK specialising in the culture, leisure and sport sectors. More recently these services have been expanded into related market sectors such as entertainment, social care, health and education.


The company now has over 80 staff with four regional offices (London, Guildford, Cheshire and Edinburgh) and provides strategic advice to National and local Government, the private sector and a wide range of international clients

Issued on behalf of the Leeds Initiative by AJM Public Relations

Leeds Initiative August 12 2005
Sally Corcoran, communications officer, (0113) 247 8944
E-mail: sally.corcoran@leeds.gov.uk
www.leedsinitiative.org
Li/o5/cftg/dftrel.
Chris Silverwood no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 11th, 2005, 04:15 PM   #6
Chris Silverwood
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Leeds
Posts: 55
Likes (Received): 0

Leeds Arena

SPECIAL RELEASE

10 August 2005
LEEDS ARENA LTD

COMMENT BY PATRICK NALLY OF LEEDS ARENA LTD ON TODAY'S NEW RELEASE BY LEEDS CULTURE, HEADED "STUDY RECOMMENDS AN ARENA FOR LEEDS".

Leeds Arena Ltd was pleased to read today's announcement by Leeds Culture that an Arena for Leeds is not only recommended but would be commercially viable and have a significant economic impact on Leeds annually. We have been encouraging the City of Leeds to accept this principle for some period of time and are delighted that it has now been confirmed by independent consultants. Our concern now is how the City is to implement this opportunity, having been involved previously in a protracted and expensive tender process that did not result in a Leeds Arena being built.

For our part, we look forward to meetings with the City, who made a commitment to us to spend the necessary time and resource to review our Arena proposal if their consultants confirmed that an Arena was viable.

As Leeds Arena Ltd is not seeking any direct financial grant from the City, we are looking to establish a cooperative approach with the City to proceed with what will be a substantial financial investment into Leeds. The style of Arena we are proposing for Leeds is very different to the other arena facilities currently available in the UK. Unlike the arenas in Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle which are utilitarian in approach, our Arena has been designed as a state-of-the-art multi-use venue very much along the lines of the new facilities recently built in Hamburg and Helsinki and the impressive Air Canada Center in Toronto.

This new style of Arena facility will make a major iconic statement and attract the world's top events to Leeds. It will give the City a global presence and support its position as a regional capital city.

Our Arena Design Architects, Stadium Consultants International Inc of Toronto ("SCI"), have experience in developing 50 of the greatest ice-based facilities in the world. In addition to the Air Canada Centre, they have recently been appointed for the major $250m renovation of Madison Square Garden, New York.

Our Arena facility is designed to provide a total event experience for the spectator, with key features including a quick event turnaround, high quality food and beverage offerings and a range of corporate facilities. The Arena also boasts an interactive 'smart seat' auditorium which can, in itself, be used as a mid-size venue for a capacity of 2,500 to 3,000 seats. With SCI, we have also been working on the development of a new capability to structure a smaller auditorium within the Arena that will provide symphony standard acoustics.

We, at Leeds Arena Ltd, believe our Arena will be positive benefit for Leeds, which will also complement the proposed additional investment into the Town Hall and any conference and exhibition facilities that may ultimately be developed by the City.

There are not many companies with either the experience or the knowledge of developing such projects, and it is our hope that the City will avoid the temptation of another long drawn-out tender process especially when, in Leeds Arena Ltd, they have a locally based and financially supported group that has the expertise and the proven track record to move forward immediately with the City to fund, finance and develop a state of the art Arena facility.

We note there is to be a public consultation over the next 8 to 10 weeks, and it is interesting that during the 10 months since we set up our own web site - www.leedsarena.com, we have had a strong response from both the public and local businesses in Leeds, fully supporting and endorsing our proposal to deliver a Leeds Arena.

We are excited and delighted by today's announcement, and look forward to hearing from the City to organise some early meetings.

Patrick Nally, Leeds Arena Ltd
10 August 2005
Chris Silverwood no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 11th, 2005, 11:07 PM   #7
jimbo
Registered User
 
jimbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Leeds/London
Posts: 4,673
Likes (Received): 5

good to see that this is moving forward....... we still don't know the exact site location though. I see that the old Chemical works have been cleared....... but it seems more a sinuous site not exactly suited to an arena which I presume would be as wide as it is long (as the term goes).
jimbo no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 14th, 2005, 10:07 PM   #8
Skychaser 2005
Registered User
 
Skychaser 2005's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Leeds
Posts: 2,956
Likes (Received): 170

YEP reports the following:


Let me build your new music arena, says boss
By Paul Robinson

AMBITIOUS businessman Patrick Nally today urged council chiefs to give him a clear run at providing Leeds with the 21st century concert arena it so badly needs.
A report to civic leaders this week concluded that the construction of a 13,000-seater entertainment complex would make financial sense, and reinforce the city's reputation as one of the UK's regional heavyweights.
That news came as no surprise to Mr Nally, who has spent the last two years – and several hundred thousand pounds – working on plans to build an arena at Clarence Dock.
And he now wants the council to quickly nail its colours to his company's mast, rather than risk further delay and expense by inviting expressions of interest from all and sundry.
Mr Nally said: "It is our hope that the city avoids the temptation of a drawn-out tender process when, in ourselves, it has a group with the expertise to move forward immediately to finance and develop a state-of-the-art facility."
He added that, having been involved with a lengthy but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to build an arena at Leeds United's Elland Road ground in the late 1990s, he was especially wary of this scheme getting bogged down by red tape.
Partnership
London-based Mr Nally is adamant he would be able to make the Clarence Dock project happen using private sector funding alone, at a price of £65m.
This week's study estimated that the cost of a Leeds arena would be closer to £50m – although it is thought that following all its recommendations would require at least some public cash.
In addition to its support for an arena, the report also called for as much as £20m to be spent on bringing Leeds Town Hall up to scratch as a classical music venue.
The cultural facilities feasibility study was carried out by consultants PMP over a period of 10 months for the Leeds Initiative, the city's influential public-private strategic partnership.
A major consultation exercise is due to take place over the next eight weeks or so, before the council decides how best to act upon the report's findings.
Leeds's lack of a top-class entertainment arena means tours by star names like U2 and Oasis currently bypass the city in favour of places such as Manchester and Sheffield.
The council's deputy leader, Coun Andrew Carter, responded to Mr Nally's comments by making it clear that the city would NOT be slamming the door on other potential bidders.
Coun Carter said: "I am pleased to hear of his continued interest, but he's not the only fish in the sea. We have to get the best possible deal for the people of Leeds."
13 August 2005


Good Luck Patrick/Chris, we really need this to come off. It will be great for Leeds and the region
Skychaser 2005 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 25th, 2005, 04:54 PM   #9
aviator
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Leeds
Posts: 3,523
Likes (Received): 154

From today's YEP:

"Decision on arena expected in weeks

By Paul Robinson

THE decision that will make or break Leeds's concert arena dream could be just weeks away, the YEP has learned. Council chiefs were presented with a report earlier this month which urged them to give the green light to the building of a multi-million pound entertainment complex in the city. Now it has emerged that senior figures at the local authority could be ready to make an announcement on the project's future by the middle of October.

One council source said today: "There's a real desire for quick progress on this. Things are gathering pace nicely." This month's cultural facilities report was put together by consultants PMP for the Leeds Initiative, the city's influential public-private strategic partnership. It concluded that the construction of a 13,000-seater arena would make financial sense, and reinforce Leeds's reputation as one of the UK's regional heavyweights.

A public consultation exercise is due to be carried out before the council decides whether to act on PMP's recommendations. If the local authority chooses to press ahead with the scheme, it would then set about the task of securing funding and selecting a suitable site and developer. But, as the YEP revealed earlier this year, London-based businessman Patrick Nally is already waiting in the wings with his own proposals for a Leeds arena.

Mr Nally wants to build a huge indoor bowl at the city centre's Clarence Dock - and insists he would be able to do it without the need for any public cash. However, he also wants the council to commit itself to his project as soon as possible, rather than invite expressions of interest from all and sundry. Mr Nally held what are being described as "encouraging" talks with the authority's deputy leader, Coun Andrew Carter, at Leeds Civic Hall on Tuesday.

Coun Carter has previously made it clear that the city will not be rushed into an agreement with Mr Nally or any other developer without first looking at every available option. Leeds's lack of a top-class concert venue means tours by star names such as the Rolling Stones and Oasis currently bypass the city in favour of rivals like Manchester and Sheffield."
aviator no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 6th, 2005, 12:12 PM   #10
Chris Silverwood
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Leeds
Posts: 55
Likes (Received): 0

Ice Hockey at Leeds Arena

Developer's sporting vision for £65m arena plan

Exclusive By Paul Robinson
SQUEAMISH sports fans should look away now – the fast and furious world of professional ice hockey could be heading for Leeds. Businessman Patrick Nally says he wants to give the city a side to compete with the Sheffield Steelers and the game's other leading British clubs.

The team's home matches would be played at the 12,000-seater entertainment arena which Mr Nally is hoping to build at Clarence Dock, close to the Royal Armouries. He is thought to be aiming to hold talks in the next few weeks with Ice Hockey UK, the game's governing body.

A source close to him told the YEP today: "We're convinced this would fill a gap in what is one of our greatest sporting cities.
"Everyone is justly proud of the achievements of Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Tykes – given time, an ice hockey side could prove every bit as popular."

London-based Mr Nally wants his new team to be part of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL), the sport's equivalent of football's Premiership.
Its members include the Cardiff Devils, the Belfast Giants, the Newcastle Vipers, and the Edinburgh Capitals, as well as the Sheffield Steelers.

It is not yet clear what name would be given to the Leeds side if his plans come off. His aides believe the likely £1m-plus cost of launching the club could be met through sponsorship and other arena-related income.

Eamon Convery, chairman of the EIHL, gave news of Mr Nally's interest a cautious welcome today. He said any application to join the league would be dealt with on its own merits, taking into account factors like fan catchment area and the quality of the team's home venue.

Mr Nally's plans for a Leeds arena were first revealed by the YEP in March. Its main hall would function as an ice rink on a day-to-day basis, but could be easily transformed for so-called "dry floor" events like concerts and conferences.

The developer says the private sector funding he has in place means no public cash would be required for the £65m scheme. However, he is also adamant he will only press ahead if he gets the general backing of the council.
Bosses there are currently studying an independent report which said an arena would make financial sense for Leeds.

The local authority could decide as early as next month whether it wants to begin the process of trying to build such a complex. But senior councillors stress that they cannot commit themselves without looking at all the available options, which could include rival bids from other developers.

paul.robinsons@ypn.co.uk
Chris Silverwood no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 6th, 2005, 01:17 PM   #11
Fred2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: leeds
Posts: 2,378
Likes (Received): 0

Nothing to add to this YEP article ?
Fred2 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 6th, 2005, 01:19 PM   #12
Metrolink
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 6,738
Likes (Received): 0

If I remember correctly (things may have changed since the demise of the Superleague) but Leeds would have to pay Sheffield some money to join the EIHL since Sheffield own the Yorkshire franchise.
Metrolink no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 6th, 2005, 02:12 PM   #13
daveylad2
Registered User
 
daveylad2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Leeds
Posts: 349
Likes (Received): 0

Quote:
Originally Posted by Metrolink
If I remember correctly (things may have changed since the demise of the Superleague) but Leeds would have to pay Sheffield some money to join the EIHL since Sheffield own the Yorkshire franchise.
Leeds Sporting did last time, I'm not sure what the situation is now?
It looks as though you can just apply to join the league.

Leeds Lasers
Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Superleague franchise awarded on 7 December 1996. Leeds Ice Hockey Club Ltd was sold by the original franchise holders (the Caspian Group) to Leeds Sporting, owners of Leeds United football club. Leeds Sporting scrapped plans for the club and a 14,000 seat arena at Elland Road when they announced their annual accounts in October 2000. The group Chairman, Peter Ridsdale, said that Leeds Sporting had sold the ice hockey franchise but did not give the name of the buyers.


Ridsdale -> <- me
daveylad2 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2005, 07:01 PM   #14
Leeds No.1
Registered User
 
Leeds No.1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Leeds, EU
Posts: 24,746
Likes (Received): 592

http://www.leedsinitiative.org/defau...01&expand=true email comments to the address stated on this website.
__________________
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, It is our light not our darkness, that frightens us"
Leeds No.1 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2005, 12:49 AM   #15
Skychaser 2005
Registered User
 
Skychaser 2005's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Leeds
Posts: 2,956
Likes (Received): 170

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leeds No.1
http://www.leedsinitiative.org/defau...01&expand=true email comments to the address stated on this website.


Just done it, and this is what I said:





Questions:

1 Would you use an arena in Leeds for music, entertainment or sports events?
2. Should we improve Leeds Town Hall to make it a first-class international concert venue?
3 Does Leeds need conference and exhibition facilities?


Answers:

1 You Bet! This city has been waiting too long for a decent concert venue. Traveling to Manchester or Sheffield to see our favourate groups is a real pain. Why should we spend our money in other cities?. Why can’t Leeds attract the big names in the pop world? Lets keep the economy of this area strong by keeping revenue within this area.

2. This is a great idea. One of the Uk’s most famous buildings would be a fine venue for a top class concert hall on a more intimate scale than an Arena. Can you imagine London, Paris or Rome missing out on an opportunity to develop a world class concert hall in one of their finest public buildings!


3. Any major Uk or European city has the facility for major events, exhibitions and conference facilities. How are you going to fill all our new hotels if we do not encourage such important business opportunities to come to our fair city.





Most Uk cities were asking questions like these 10 or 15 years ago. Indeed the most progressive cities would not have even thought about asking them. They already knew the answers! I believe the idea of Leeds not having a major concert venue is rather like Leeds not having a cinema. It is a fundamental part of the leisure experience of the city. Without it, the cultural heart of Leeds has had a great deal missing- with it, Leeds is offering its citizens an all round leisure experience which will bring millions of pounds of revenue to the city.



Good Luck LCC- and please don’t let this opportunity go the way of Elland Road.








Last edited by Skychaser 2005; September 8th, 2005 at 12:55 AM.
Skychaser 2005 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2005, 08:50 AM   #16
Fred2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: leeds
Posts: 2,378
Likes (Received): 0

I am a bit dubious about making the Town Hall into a first class concert hall. Whatever money is thrown at it the constraints of having to make it physically within that building will be too much. Issues such as large enough audience space and /or acoustics will be difficult to address. Besides there is probably no way that they will be allowed to alter the Victoria Hall significantly - surely that must be listed? The famous pianist Alfred Brendel called it "hideous, visually and acoustically" To be fair, it has been improved since then but I am very jealous of Birmingham Symphony Hall and Manchester Bridgewater Hall !
Incidentally, other use is currently being made of the Town Hall. For example, I only found out fairly recently that the Register Office has moved there from Belgrave Street - and that must take up many rooms. When I visited there about a month ago there was no sign outside to announce the fact that it was in the Town Hall, and it had already been there months !
Fred2 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2005, 10:23 AM   #17
MikeinLeeds
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 304
Likes (Received): 8

Here's my own contribution, just sent:


I write in response to your request for comments about the possible development of an arena in Leeds.

Whilst I cannot comment on the commercial reality of running an arena I certainly believe that the benefits to a local economy from the presence of an arena can be very substantial if the right design is achieved and if the right location is selected. As a regular visitor to the MEN arena in Manchester, which is located close to the city centre, I have witnessed first hand just how much trade is given to local businesses such as hotels and restaurants when events are held at the arena. Contrast this though with the arena in Sheffield (which I attend much less frequently, mainly due to its very poor seating) where it seems to me that much less trade is given to local businesses primarily due to the fact that it is stuck in the middle of nowhere - as such, I always drive there and drive straight back again, without contributing anything to the local economy (unlike when visiting the Manchester arena, when I almost always stay overnight and enjoy the other benefits offered within the city centre, such as a wide range of restaurants, shops and museums).

In short, I believe that an arena in Leeds could be a huge boost to the local economy, if built in the right location i.e very close to the city centre - Clarence Dock would certainly work, as it would help build up another cultural destination in its own right, with the armouries and planned city museum close by.

But PLEASE do not even think about building an arena on the edge of the city, such as at Elland Road. This would be a catastrophic wasted opportunity. As one of a growing number of people living in the city centre I can say categorically that I would be a regular user of an arena in the city centre, but I would be much less likely to use it if located elsewhere. And the "buz" created within a city centre when crowds arrive ahead of an event would clearly be lost if a peripheral location were selected. Wider travel and environmental considerations must also be thought through - a city centre location (within which I would certainly include Clarence Dock, but not much further afield) would enable people to arrive by public transport; a peripheral location would make it much more likely that people would travel by car.

So get on and build it - to a high standard of design and comfort and within very close proximity to the city centre!
MikeinLeeds no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2005, 10:53 AM   #18
Fred2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: leeds
Posts: 2,378
Likes (Received): 0

Apropos suitable city sites in the city centre - and I am not here necessarily suggesting suitablity either for an arena or conference/exhibition centre - I am surprised that the large site by the river, near TGF and Casino and Staples,owned by Evans of Leeds, has been vacant for such a long time. I wonder why.
Fred2 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2005, 05:16 PM   #19
Leeds No.1
Registered User
 
Leeds No.1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Leeds, EU
Posts: 24,746
Likes (Received): 592

I bet it will developed very soon. Mayfair, the new hotels, casinos...etc make it a prime site.
__________________
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, It is our light not our darkness, that frightens us"
Leeds No.1 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 9th, 2005, 02:54 PM   #20
Chris Silverwood
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Leeds
Posts: 55
Likes (Received): 0

Leeds Arena

Ken Enters The Arena
United chief puts case for Elland Road concert venue
Exclusive
By Paul Robinson
LEEDS United chairman Ken Bates today said: "This city needs an arena – and it MUST be at Elland Road."
Bates believes land next to the ground would be the perfect home for the 13,000-seater entertainment complex currently being considered by Leeds City Council.
Officials there are understood to have been given a shortlist of around 10 potential sites for such a venue.
But Bates has already put the case for Elland Road to council chiefs. And the former Chelsea supremo is travelling to China next month as part of a business delegation that will include council leader Mark Harris, and will use the opportunity to state his case once again.
Speaking in his Elland Road office, he said: "Leeds needs an arena and the place to put it is here, no question about it." He said United, still recovering from £100m debts, would not plough their own cash into the scheme.
But he says the city council and its backers would more than get their money's worth from linking up with the high-profile Leeds United brand.
"It is a name known around the country and around the world - the perfect start for a project of this nature," said Bates.
An arena is just part of Bates's masterplan for Elland Road. He also wants to see hotels, new conference facilities and a railway stop – an ambition that echoes the Chelsea Village development he put in place at his previous club. He even has a name in mind for the complex – Elland City.
In the late 1990s, the owners of United, Caspian, drew up plans for an arena which foundered due to a lack of funds.
The city is preparing to commit itself to the construction of a £50m arena. Consultants PMP last month said the project would make financial sense, and maintain Leeds's position as one of the UK's regional heavyweights.
The local authority is expected to make a decision by the end of this year.
• Ken Bates wants the council to overhaul the drainage system around Elland Road, saying parts of the site suffer flooding after spells of heavy rain.
The ticket office, the learning centre and sections of the John Charles West Stand have all been affected, and Bates says improvements are a "prerequisite" of meaningful progress on any arena project.
paul.robinsons@ypn.co.uk

09 September 2005
Chris Silverwood no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
music

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT +2. The time now is 04:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like v3.2.5 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu