Boost for town centres as city-wide improvements begin

A start has been made to a major £5million programme of improvements to town centres and high streets across Leeds. The work on buildings, public realm and highway improvements is part of Leeds City Council’s Local Centres Programme to support businesses and enhance the urban environment of important local shopping and services. Since the…

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Former baker’s shop gets much-kneaded revamp

A former Victorian bakers at the heart of one of Leeds’s oldest streets has been given a new lease of life thanks to a major regeneration scheme. Project bosses and developers used their loaf to revamp and revitalise the empty building at 90 Kirkgate as part of the innovative Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative…

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Grant funding will transform historic Leeds building

A project to transform one of Leeds’s most important heritage assets could be set for a major funding boost thanks to an innovative, Heritage Lottery funded project. Plans to revitalise the First White Cloth Hall were approved by the City Plans Panel earlier this month and would see the Grade II* Listed hall’s west…

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Important nature sites receive National Lottery funding

Leeds City Council and Meanwood Valley Partnership have been jointly awarded £65,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Meanwood Valley: Wilderness on your Doorstep project. Starting next month, the project focuses on celebrating the rich natural history of the Meanwood Valley. The Meanwood Valley has long been celebrated as a ‘green artery’…

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Grant scheme rediscovers Armley’s heritage

A historic Leeds building has been restored to its former glory thanks to an innovative heritage project. The former Mike’s Carpets building in Armley, now MC Carpets, has been rejuvenated as part of the Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative, a joint grant scheme between Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The well-known building,…

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Former Re-Making Leeds trainee earns top industry award

A former trainee on an innovative Leeds City Council heritage and construction skills programme has claimed a prestigious industry prize. After finishing second last year in the national finals of the Construction Industry Training Board’s Skillbuild Show while a participant on the council’s ‘Re-Making Leeds’ scheme, Ameha Shewaye Bantiwered, 39, has now gone one…

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