LEEDS ARENA/TRINITY QUARTER – UPDATE

I’m often asked by residents what the current position is with the Leeds Arena and when the new Trinity Quarter shopping centre will be ready. The most up to date information is:

ARENA: Work on the Leeds Arena remains on course to be completed in April 2013, with the first event envisaged in July 2013. in July.  All the pre-cast terracing was due to be completed by the end of May, with the first seats to be installed in the auditorium at the beginning of June 2012. Employment numbers are scheduled to rise dramatically in the next 2-3 months as the main mechanical and electrical  works start. 62 Leeds based businesses have been engaged on the project to date.

TRINITY QUARTER Trinity Leeds opens in spring 2013 with 120 retail units plus leisure and restaurant facilities. Up to 1000 people will be employed throughout the construction phase and a major training programme is in place to provide the tools for up-skilling & apprenticeships.  Discussion are underway around the creation of a skills academy to support 3500 new retail related roles that the scheme will provide once open.

At present the scheme is 66% pre-let. This is a strong lettings position for a development a year ahead of opening, particularly given the current economic climate.

The scheme will also improve the night time leisure offering in Leeds city centre