Leeds ice rink build set to continue after roof plans halted progress

Artist's impression of the ice rink at Elland Road, Leeds.

Artist's impression of the ice rink at Elland Road, Leeds.

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work on an ice rink near the Elland Road stadium is to continue after the developer’s plans to raise the height of the building were approved.

Earlier this month Leeds City Council gave the Staffordshire-based Ice Rink Company permission to include a domed roof to the structure. The company’s managing director Mark Johnson said that the venue would now be able to accommodate 1,800 people – 300 more than in previously planned.

Readers had contacted the Yorkshire Evening Post concerned that the work had come to a standstill.

Mr Johnson said: “I know the feeling – it’s a killer but we will get there.”

He said that the application to change height of the building placed in summer is the reason for slow progress.

But he said: “Work is on going at the minute. I don’t think there’s any secret with [fixing] ground conditions that have been resolved.”

These included the need to cap an old mineshaft.

A council report reads: “The curved roof being introduced is considered a visual improvement from the previous approved rectangular flat roofed building.”

Public skating isset to be held at the rink, which would be operated by the company’s Silver Blades brand and was supposed to be opened this year.