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Leeds Beckett to weave history into new conference venue


Well Met Conferencing, the conferencing office for Leeds Beckett University, will be opening their newest venue, Cloth Hall Court, in summer 2017.

The dynamic conferencing venue has been designed with the building’s significant textile heritage in mind, combining magnificent architecture with state-of-the-art technology and a versatile space. 

The multi-million-pound refurbishment of one of Leeds most historic sites has been constructed by Sheppard Robson Architects; the building will now serve as a conference centre for corporate events along with being the new Yorkshire premises of The Institute of Directors (IoD).

Set in the heart of Leeds, Cloth Hall Court boasts a maximum capacity of 300 delegates with four floors of conference space, along with state-of-the-art AV technology, superfast WiFi and, unusually for a city centre venue, VIP parking on-site.

Taking influence from the building’s textile heritage, rooms will be themed with cloth in mind: names include Tweed, Herringbone and Wool – the latter being a nod to Leeds’s proud industrial history. Central to the development is the desire to celebrate the rich cultural heritage within the building’s history and its importance to Leeds. The historical references continue as Well Met look to capitalise on the venue’s prominent position; once considered as one of the most famous wool making centres in the country, Leeds now welcomes business tourism from around the UK and further afield, seeing 3.94m delegates in 2015, worth £501m to the local economy.

Speaking about the new venue, Kate Davis, Head of Business Development Campus & Residential Services at Well Met Conferencing, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to announce the opening of Cloth Hall Court. We have enjoyed working on the project, so to see the hard work come to fruition in one of the city’s most impressive buildings is extremely rewarding. As business tourism continues to grow in the north of England, our services are more in demand than ever before and we are confident that our newest venue will meet the demand for high quality, flexible event space in the centre of Leeds.” 

Cloth Hall Court is available to book from summer 2017. Enquiries can be made by contacting Well Met’s conferencing team at conferences@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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