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Leeds Beckett University plans to create £75m arts centre

Artist impression of the creative arts centre at Leeds Beckett University. Artist impression of the creative arts centre at Leeds Beckett University.
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Plans have been submitted for a new £75 million creative arts building in Leeds.

Leeds Beckett University has proposed a 10-storey arts centre to house its performing arts, film, music and fashion departments.

Facilities in the performing arts centre will include open space studios as well as black box rehearsal and performance studios with theatre lighting and sound systems.

If plans are approved, Leeds Beckett University aims to start work on the building by the end of this year and estimates it will be complete by 2020.

Paul Smith, deputy vice chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Submitting planning approval for our creative arts building is a significant step in our plan to enhance our teaching and research facilities with 21st century accommodation for the Northern Film School, performing arts, music technology and fashion.

“It will provide state-of-the-art facilities to academic areas that have already supported the talents of Ricky Wilson and Rudimental.”

Andrew Fryer, dean of film, music and performing arts at Leeds Beckett, said: “It will be a new centrepiece for the cultural landscape of Leeds, which is growing, particularly in the run-up to the European City of Culture in 2023.

“This building will be the hub for collaboration between all areas of the school, our students, staff and the city. At the moment this is hard to do because we are based across six different sites.”

He added: “It will be the gateway to the planned Leeds Innovation District, as it will be the first building you come to. It will also be open to the public so they will be able to get the full benefit of the centre.”

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