Heritage & Culture

Heritage & Culture sit at the heart of the Innovation Arc.
The area contains several historically significant buildings, some of which are well known while others are relatively hidden. The SPD will improve the visibility of these buildings, promote greater public access, and support sustainable long-term uses that will enable them to be enjoyed for generations to come. 
The Innovation Arc is also home to many of the city's major cultural venues and attractions, including the Town Hall, Leeds Museum, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Central Library, Leeds Art Gallery and The Carriageworks. There is opportunity for culture to spill out into the wider area, animating and breathing life into the spaces between buildings. 

 

 

Image of Leeds Town Hall
The SPD identifies a number of proposals relating to 'Heritage'. You can explore and comment on these proposals by: 

 

Summary of Key Proposals

  • Re-using heritage assets and ensuring that they:
Take advantage of their unique character to support and enhance the identity of the Innovation Arc, creating innovation neighbourhoods that reflect and celebrate local character, culture and identity.
Focus on refurbishment and retrofitting.
Consider the inclusion of external public spaces, particularly where this would enhance the setting of the building.
  • Improving the connectivity and accessibility of heritage assets through creating high-quality, safe, attractive routes to and from surrounding neighbourhoods and public transport hubs
The SPD identifies a number of proposals relating to 'Culture'. You can explore and comment on these proposals by: 

Summary of Key Proposals

  • Improving the connectivity and accessibility of cultural venues through creating high-quality, safe, attractive routes to and from surrounding neighbourhoods and public transport hub
  • Integrating the cultural and creative assets of the Innovation Arc
  • Using public realm for art and events throughout the year to attract wider audiences and increase vibrancy and fun
  • Creating opportunities for experimentation and play for all ages across the arc
  • Reaching out to neighbourhoods and bringing people and communities together in the places and spaces within the Innovation Arc to support diverse thinking around innovation in the city