A MASTERPLAN which aims to put back the ‘spirit and soul’ into Clarence Dock has been unveiled.
But the scheme put forward by Allied London – due for completion in the summer of 2014 – is fluid and could change as ideas are suggested by businesses and the public.
The project will see Clarence Dock in Leeds revert to its original name of New Dock.
The Allied London plan will see the area have a shopping street, a line of restaurants, workspaces for digital businesses, a water village, a grass mound and an arena.
The site is best known for the Royal Armouries museum and already provides a home for some shops and businesses, a casino and apartments.
Allied London’s CEO, Michael Ingall, said he wanted to make the Docks “cool” so that more people would venture out of Leeds city centre to enjoy it.
But he admitted that the future of the scheme depends on support from stakeholders and the public.
He told the YEP: “We have not started to talk to that many people yet. We have done our own research and focus groups. We have picked up a lot of research done before.”
Mr Ingall said that the masterplan launch was the start of a “form of consultation” which he hoped would inspire people to respond via the firm’s twitter and facebook sites and its website.
He said: “It’s a flexible masterplan designed to respond to both the market and the public.
“We are sort of giving Clarence Dock a spirit and a soul it did not have before.
“People are only coming here for the Royal Armouries museum because there is nothing else here.”
At the launch event at Clarence Dock, Mr Ingall said the masterplan was “something we are working to rather than a finished product.”
He said that bringing in independent restaurants onto one street on New Dock would distinguish the area from the city centre, encouraging more people to visit, and that the shopping street would feature outlets catering for the Dock community rather than the luxury goods outlets that have been present in the past.