At the heart of innovation
Creating a new Innovation District for Leeds
As demolition continues to prepare for building the new hospitals, the Leeds General Infirmary site is already revealing how its transformation will not only benefit patients from Leeds and Yorkshire but could also create around 3,000 jobs and deliver up to £11.2 billion net present value as part of a new Innovation District for Leeds.
This is an exciting, strategic partnership between Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Beckett University, the University of Leeds, Leeds City Council and the private sector to drive regeneration, innovation and economic growth for Leeds and the wider region.
Anyone who works at Leeds General Infirmary, or who has been a patient or visitor, will know it is a large hospital occupying an extensive site and incorporating the current Leeds Children’s Hospital. A mix of old and new, the site brings together some of the most historic buildings in Leeds - like the original Victorian Infirmary designed by celebrated architect Sir George Gilbert Scott - with contemporary, bold designs like the new cardiac Hybrid Theatre at Leeds Children’s Hospital. Yet, a sizeable amount of the old estate at Leeds General Infirmary cannot be used for modern patient care because it isn’t up to today’s exacting healthcare standards. Other parts of the site will become redundant when the new hospitals are built.
The LGI Development Project aims to release the potential of this estate – around five hectares in total – to support the growth of the Leeds Innovation District. It offers a number of exceptional opportunities for mixed use development, creating spaces for education, innovation, commercial uses including retail and office space and accommodation. It is also a chance to sympathetically redevelop some of the wonderful heritage buildings on the site and bring them back to life.