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October
2013
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Bond Court refurbishment works completed


Work to upgrade and refurbish Bond Court in Leeds City Centre has now been completed.



The £90,000 project funded jointly by Leeds City Council and property developers Midland House Ltd has seen a programme of works being undertaken in the area to make it a more attractive space for visitors to the city centre.



The area has been revitalised by the addition of chess boards into the new seating area, and the petanque pitch has been retained. Along with these additions, the area has been repaved in granite and six new trees have been planted.



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All media are invited to a photo opportunity at 8.30am on Friday 25th October at Bond Court to see the completed scheme. Cllr Richard Lewis and Jason Stowe of Wilton Developments will be available for interviews and pictures.



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It is hoped that the work is the first step of a wider refurbishment of Bond Court, which may involve an extension of the high quality granite paving throughout the whole square, to complement proposed redevelopments of nearby buildings.



The work is part of Leeds City Council’s continued drive to ensure the city centre is an attractive destination for visitors and businesses.





Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and the economy said:



“This scheme is a good example of how to achieve improvements to the city centre in a testing economic climate through working with the private sector to bring about refurbishments.



“By using really high quality materials in this scheme, we have set the standard for the next phase of the refurbishment of the area.



“Bond Court has the potential to be a real asset for the city centre’s business district and a genuine high quality destination for businesses”



Jason Stowe, managing director of Leeds based Wilton Developments said:



“Bond Court is a very important square for the city, being only one of a few office plazas in Leeds where the buildings are not separated from the public space of the square by traffic.



“The Square has so much more to offer its occupants and people using the Square, which we feel with a little investment can be realised. It is our intention to encourage other owners and occupiers to embrace the Square rather than backing on to it. As a forward thinking investor, Midland House see the advantage of investing private monies in to publicly owned space for the benefit of all.”



Notes to Editors





Groundwork Leeds were appointed as the landscape architects and the main contractor was Landscape Engineering.



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For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk