John Barrow, Senior Principal of Populous says: “Our design team at Populous, led by project architect John Rhodes, has worked in close collaboration with the City Architect to respond to the outstanding vision of Leeds City Council. This facility will set new standards in England for sustainable multi-event arenas, and I hope that it will become the new heart of the City of Leeds.”
Leeds Arena will be a multi-purpose facility. The varying activities and occupancy levels require a flexible design which can be easily operated to meet the changing requirements of a diverse event schedule. The arena is located in a city centre location, and will be the focal point of the regeneration of the city quarter. Part of the development includes a new public space which will form the primary entrance to the arena.
The public outlined a desire for a building that was distinctive to Leeds and had environmentally friendly features, good acoustics, glazed panels and outside seating areas and Populous have been careful to incorporate these aspects into their design. Green elements include a system where the roof collects rainwater to be re-used in the running of the building and an area which will have a green sedum roof to help enhance the environment.