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Leeds Arena hailed as civic success

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The Leeds Arena site has been handed over from Leeds City Council to the operators, SMG, to start the interior fit-out process, marking the end of the construction phase. Leeds City Council leader Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

We want Leeds to be the best city in the UK and delivering this hugely-imaginative and highly-ambitious project on time and on budget in an incredibly-challenging economy demonstrates without doubt that we mean business.

Our arena project is a superb example of the pivotal role a local authority can play in enabling a city’s transformation. It is bringing jobs, investment and visitors to our city and I cannot speak highly enough of the dedication, flair and sheer hard work that have been the hallmark of the Leeds Arena scheme, from inception right through to completion.

SMG will now manage the task of equipping Leeds Arena with bars, restaurants, staff and ticketing offices and star facilities, preparing the arena to welcome visitors, beginning with one Bruce Springsteen in July.

The design of Leeds Arena overcomes the challenges of a tight city centre location.

The design of Leeds Arena overcomes the challenges of a tight city centre location.


Companies involved in the project include BAM, Arup, Populous, IPW and Davis Langdon. Arup defined the acoustic envelope solution, a significant factor in the technical and commercial viability of the project. Leeds Arena is surrounded by sensitive residential accommodation, creating unusually tight constraints on environmental noise breakout for a venue of this type. Arup’s multi-disciplinary team developed a high performance yet cost-effective facade and roof system to minimise low-frequency noise breakout.

Arup also provided planning services direct to Leeds City Council along with a technical audit role to tender, and delivered full engineering services including: civil and structural, MEP, acoustics, fire, BREEAM and specialist lighting.