Leeds: £15m training hub for builders set for green light

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plans for a £15m training hub for Leeds’ next generation of construction talent are set to get the initial green light next week.

Leeds College of Building has submitted its planning application to build a major new campus at the former Yorkshire Chemicals site in Black Bull Street, Hunslet.

The centre will merge three of the college’s existing six sites - Parkside Lane, Stourton and Lockwood Way - into one city centre campus.

The proposal is the second phase of the college’s wider centralisation project. The first phase - the redevelopment of the Alf Cooke Printworks on Hunslet Road - is almost complete.

A report to be presented to Leeds City Council’s City Centre Plans Panel next week says the new site would provide “high quality 21st Century teaching and learning facilities from brickwork and roofing, and mechanical and electrical services”.

Officers are recommending initial approval of the scheme.

Their report says the proposal would enable the city to meet its overall “spatial vision” that by 2028, Leeds will have “maintained and strengthened its position at the heart of the City Region and grown a strong, diverse and successful economy, with skilled people and competitive businesses”.

“The competitiveness of the city’s economy would continue to be supported by the College of Building’s new proposal, through its rise in training the workforce, and this new consolidated campus would help to improve accessibility to high quality construction trades skills development,” the report adds.

Leeds College of Building was established in 1960 and is still the only specialist further education construction college in the UK.

The new campus would form the start of the wider vision for a new “enhanced” South Bank area of the city, the officers’ report adds.

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