New future for historic Leeds city centre building

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A historic industrial building at the heart of Leeds is set to be given a new lease of life as a conference centre.

It is expected that the restoration of the Cloth Hall Court site will be unveiled in summer of this year.

Well Met, the conference office for Leeds Beckett University is now putting the finishing touches to the re-design of the grade II listed building on Quebec Street.

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Each of its 10 rooms have taken inspiration from the textile industry and include Merchants Hall, Herringbone Suite and Seamstress Boardroom.

Cloth Hall Court will become one of the prime venues in Leeds for conferencing with space for up to 300 delegates and on site VIP parking.

Teach First delegates will be some of the first to utilise the facilities when they return to the City in July 2017 for the final week of their Summer Institute.

The building was originally constructed for the trading of cloth, specifically ‘Yorkshire Broadcloths’, which helped Leeds quickly gain status as a centre for commerce and trade in the wool and cloth industries

In its heyday the Coloured Cloth Hall housed 1,770 stalls for merchants to display their goods, whilst the central courtyard welcomed up to 20,000 people for public meetings.

Clare Vidler, Conference Manager at Well Met said: “It was always integral to the design that we looked first to Cloth Hall Court’s past.

“There’s a proud industrial heritage in Leeds and we wanted to capture this in the interiors.

“We’re eager to see how our visitors react to the design which we hope encapsulates the history of Cloth Hall Court and positions it as an inherent part of the fabric of Leeds.”