Plans submitted for Leeds research and innovation hub
A planning application submitted by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust forms part of an estimated £450m investment in redeveloping the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) site.
The plan aims to provide a new adults’ hospital and a brand-new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital.
The development will enable the Trust to expand its services by providing patients with care based on the latest technologies, treatments and research.
The latest news builds on the momentum for Leeds’ vision to create a world-class hub for research, innovation and entrepreneurialism in sectors such as health and life sciences, creative and digital, data and engineering.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chair Linda Pollard added: “The potential of this development is enormous, not only for the future of health services for patients in Leeds and beyond, but also for skills and investment it will bring to the city and the vital role it will play in establishing the Innovation District.”
It is part of the vision to accelerate economic growth across this part of Leeds, which has already seen the Bragg Centre for Physical Sciences and Engineering start on site.
The Innovation District has already benefitted from a series of significant developments, primarily within Healthcare and Academia.
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Professor Peter Slee, vice chancellor of Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Innovation District board member said: “Supporting innovation is vital to the future success of the Leeds region.
“Our £80 million investment in a new creative arts building brings world-leading, industry-quality teaching and learning facilities in film, television, music, fashion, dance, drama and performance to the heart of the city’s Innovation District.
“Each year, we educate and train 1,800 students in the creative arts. They graduate to provide a pipeline of diverse and multi-skilled talent for a sector worth more than £100 billion to the UK economy.”
Recently delivered or on-site investment includes Leeds Beckett University’s £80m creative arts building, an expansion of Leeds Arts University, and the University of Leeds has invested £40m in the new Nexus innovation hub, providing access to its research and innovation expertise.
Leeds is home to NHS Digital and technology companies including TPP, Sky and EMIS.
There will also be further infrastructure delivered within the Innovation District including ambitious investments in place and links to the city centre.
There are also opportunities for investments in purpose-built student accommodation to serve the 60,000 plus students in Leeds, the vast majority of which are based within the Innovation District.