Business leaders hear what new facility can do for Leeds

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The vision for Leeds City College’s £60m state-of-the-art Quarry Hill Campus has been unveiled to about 100 business leaders, politicians, academics and students.

The project has received £33.4m funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

The college’s schools of Creative Arts and Social Science will be relocated to Quarry Hill, as well as facilities and space for Leeds College of Music, which is based nearby. The purpose-built facility will welcome approximately 3,000 students this summer, at the start of the 2019/20 academic year, with the campus set to house two of the college’s biggest schools.

The building, which has a number of highly innovative features to enhance environmental performance, is designed to be an integral part of the city’s Cultural Quarter, with neighbouring sites, such as the BBC and Leeds Playhouse being within a few minutes’ walk. The location of the campus has been meticulously planned out, and feeds into the college’s overall development strategy, which has seen massive investment in teaching facilities across the city and wider region in recent years.

Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said: “Quarry Hill Campus represents the culmination of years of planning, the result of which will be an enormous asset in the development of skills and creation of jobs in the Leeds City Region. Through Growth Deal funding, we’ve been able to invest in these fantastic new facilities, which will help meet skills demand in important sectors such as healthcare and social care, as well as developing talent in growing creative industries in the region.”

“This is yet another example of how our Growth Deal investment is making a difference to people in the region, helping them access skilled jobs in fast-growing sectors.”

Colin Booth, Chief Executive and Principal of Leeds City College, which also incorporates Leeds College of Music, Keighley College and the White Rose Academies Trust under its banner, said:“Our new campus at Quarry Hill is the result of years of hard work by our staff and partners. It represents a fantastic and inspiring new space for our students and staff, but also for the city and wider region. We’ve traced the formative years of our organisation back to 1819, so this year is of enormous historical importance to us, as our bicentenary.”

“The development represents a bridge between the fascinating past of this part of the city and our shared future. The realisation of this project is testament to the drive and determination of our people over many years and wouldn’t have been possible without assistance from stakeholders across the region and further afield. We’re delighted to be playing a part in creating a shared resource for our future, and developing the skills needed for the region’s continued growth and success.”