Getting Building Fund

In September 2020, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority was allocated £52.6 million from the Governments Getting Building Fund investment programme to accelerate local, shovel-ready infrastructure projects to stimulate jobs and support economic recovery across the Leeds City Region.

Programme overview

The 15 wide-ranging projects being supported by the Getting Building Fund programme will benefit communities across West Yorkshire, delivering growth for the local economy, supporting green recovery, and assisting businesses with adaption and recovery from the impacts of the pandemic.

Projects being supported by the Getting Funding programme will:

  • Drive economic regeneration in the centre of Bradford by creating a high quality, office space and a new energy efficient, sustainable, low carbon market building,
  • Deliver new city centre green spaces in Leeds, providing connections between the South Bank and the city centre,
  • Restore heritage assets to create hotel accommodation, retail units for creative businesses, and a National Rugby League Museum to modernise and revitalise the town centres of Dewsbury and Huddersfield,
  • Improve road, bridge, and cycleway infrastructure to improve connections between residential, education and employment zones and reduce carbon emissions,
  • Reduce congestion and emissions by extending the park and ride facility at Temple Green, Leeds,
  • Implement energy efficiency measures to reduce carbon emissions and help to reduce fuel poverty in low-income households,
  • Refurbish a community building to create a centralised skills, business, and services facility in Knottingley town, that will support skills and employment.
  • Deliver high-speed broadband in hard-to-reach areas in Wakefield that will increase inclusivity, improve business productivity and growth and support people working from home,
  • Provide capital investment grants to businesses that can deliver new jobs and/or safeguard existing jobs, support business recovery (including from the impact of COVID-19, boost productivity, encourage innovation, and resource efficiency,
  • Deliver infrastructure to unlock land in Enterprise Zones in Bradford and Wakefield furthering inclusive growth and employment.

 

Aims/Outputs:

The Getting Building Fund programme is expected to achieve the following outputs:

  • Create more than 1,800 new jobs,
  • Create more than 400 construction jobs,
  • Safeguard a further 500 jobs,
  • Unlock 4.83 km of roads/cycle lanes/walkways,
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 79,000 tonnes,
  • Assist more than 200 businesses and create 17,000 m² of commercial space for business, retail, and leisure facilities,
  • Create 140 m² of learning space and support 200 new learners,
  • Create 6,800 m² green spaces in city centres,
  • Provide at least 40 new super-fast broadband connections
  • Improve energy efficiency for over 400 households

The projects will result in a range of outcomes such as increased investment and jobs, improved business growth and resilience, reduced fuel poverty, improved health by encouraging cycling and walking and reduced congestion and improved environment by reducing emissions.

 

Contact details

Rob Tranmer (Programme Manager) – Rob.Tranmer@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
Julia Davies (Project Manager) – Julia.Davies@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
Ariba Rashid (Project Officer) – Ariba.Rashid@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Projects

  1. Bradford 'City Village' Phase 1

    A new energy efficient, sustainable, low carbon market building will be developed to consolidate two existing markets in the City Centre. The new market will include an open plan food court and an outdoor trading area, that will attract people to the area through activities such as cooking demonstrations.

    Read more about Bradford 'City Village' Phase 1
  2. Bradford One City Park

    'Grade A' office space in the heart of Bradford will be developed to provide a base for retail, leisure, and an expanding cultural offer within the city.

    Read more about Bradford One City Park
  3. Leeds Liverpool Canal

    A high-quality cycling and walking route will be created on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, enhancing the CityConnect schemes that use the canal towpaths as a traffic free, flat, and attractive alternative to the main roads.

    Read more about Leeds Liverpool Canal
  4. Beech Hill Phase 2

    Comprehensive energy efficiency improvements will be made to 70 mixed tenure residential properties which will reduce the heating demand within the properties, alleviate fuel poverty and bring health and financial benefits to the residents.

    Read more about Beech Hill Phase 2
  5. Brighouse A6025 Reconstruction

    Reconstruction of the A6025 Park Road, which was closed due to a landslip caused by flooding, and which prevented access to the proposed Elland Rail Station, housing sites, and restricted access to the town centre.

    Read more about Brighouse A6025 Reconstruction
  6. Dewsbury Arcade

    The project will refurbish the vacant Grade 2 listed Victorian Arcade in the heart of Dewsbury, to create 21 new flexible retail, leisure and business units enabling small, local, independent creative businesses to occupy the space.

    Read more about Dewsbury Arcade
  7. Huddersfield George Hotel Refurbishment

    Remedial works will be completed to a Grade 2* listed building, the George Hotel in Huddersfield town centre. Following refurbishment, the building will be the new home of the National Rugby League Museum with complimentary hotel accommodation.

    Read more about Huddersfield George Hotel Refurbishment
  8. 'Grey to Green' Economic Infrastructure

    This scheme will provide new greenspace and public realm in the southern area of the city centre and Leeds South Bank area to improve walking and cycling connectivity for local communities, reducing reliance on motor vehicles. Land will be reclaimed from the highway that is being released following road improvements.

    Read more about 'Grey to Green' Economic Infrastructure
  9. Holbeck Phase 2 Victorian Terrace Retrofit

    Comprehensive energy efficiency and heating improvements are being made to 100 properties, creating warmer, healthier homes, increasing the energy rating of properties, and reducing household fuel bills.

    Read more about Holbeck Phase 2 Victorian Terrace Retrofit
  10. Temple Green Park & Ride

    The existing bus-based Temple Green Park & Ride site is being expanded creating up to 391 car park spaces with the potential for an additional bus service to help alleviate congestion and improve journey times into and out of Leeds City Centre.

    Read more about Temple Green Park & Ride
  11. Knottingley Skills, Business and Services Hub

    The project will provide an energy efficient centralised community hub that will support business growth and skills and promote a range of community lifestyle and sport initiatives increasing the health and wellbeing of the local community.

    Read more about Knottingley Skills, Business and Services Hub
  12. Wakefield Warm Homes Fund

    The scheme will support improved heating and energy efficiency improvements to up to 271 homes. This scheme will help to alleviate fuel poverty and contribute towards the better health for its residents.

    Read more about Wakefield Warm Homes Fund