Leeds new hospitals to release potential for Innovation District
20 September 2021
The building of two new hospitals at Leeds General Infirmary will not only benefit patients from Leeds and Yorkshire but could also create around 3,000 new 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.
Unlocking the LGI’s potential
Leeds General Infirmary is a large hospital occupying an extensive site and is also the current home for 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 which can be seen alongside the Clarendon Wing.
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, and 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 surplus estate – around five hectares in total – to support the growth of a Leeds Innovation District. It offers a number of 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.
“This is one of the most unique and exciting aspects of our hospital development plans,” explains Dame Linda Pollard, DBE DL Hon.LLD. chair of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. “It will deliver multiple development opportunities for our partners and the private sector to completely transform this part of the city and make it a go-to area for investment.”
The Leeds Innovation District
The Innovation District will include the new hospitals and the surrounding area and will create a world-class hub for healthcare talent, industry partnerships, research and training.
It will focus on three key areas:
- health and life-related sciences and innovations, including medical technologies, digital health and precision medicine
- creative and digital industries
- infrastructure and Advanced Urban Sciences, including engineering, transport, low carbon initiatives and smart cities.
It has already seen investment from the University of Leeds in its £40million Nexus innovation hub, and in the £80 million investment in the Leeds Beckett University of Film, Music and Performing Arts, among others. Over time, the Innovation District is set to become a world-leading centre for industry and innovation, and a vibrant place to live and work.