'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.

Project Scope

The Grey to Green project will bring more greenspace into the city centre of Leeds. Four areas will be improved as part of this scheme:

  • Corn Exchange – Public realm space will be created in front of the Corn Exchange on redundant highways land,
  • Meadow Lane – A car park and surplus highway land will be used to create open green space that will form an entrance to the planned “Aire Park” on the former Tetley brewery site.
  • Crown Point Road – This will be reconfigured, and connectivity improved between Aire Park, surrounding education facilities and transport hubs
  • Sovereign Square – A new footbridge across the River Aire will be constructed to connect the South Bank to the city centre and Leeds railway station creating a new corridor of green space, cycling, and walking links between the North and South Bank.



This scheme is expected to achieve the following outputs:

  • Create 123 construction jobs
  • Unlock 1.4km road/cycle lanes/walkways unlocked
  • Reduce emissions by 3,500,000kg of CO2 emissions
  • Create 6,700 m2 of public realm/green space improved or created