A community-led campaign to transform Holbeck’s iconic viaduct into a vibrant green space that everyone can enjoy.
istory of the line
Developing from a small market town, Leeds (and specifically Holbeck) became an important international centre for the production of woollen cloth.
The Holbeck Viaduct is built
Built for the London and Western Railway during the industrial revolution, the viaduct is an acclaimed feat of Victorian engineering. The route of 92 brick arches provided a vital transport link into the booming city centre.
Falls out of use
It has languished in distinguished neglect ever since.
- Leeds 2023
Our next aim is to have meanwhile use of the viaduct and temporary opening by at least 2023, to coincide with Leeds 2023:
undreds of ideas
How can the space have a positive and useful impact for the community? What would you like to see? What are the challenges that need to be addressed? How could the space change over time? Is it one thing, or many?
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The viaduct is over 1.6km long, originates in the City Centre near Tower Works, runs through Holbeck and ends up at Gelderd Road near Elland Road.View Map
What could it look like?
Early concepts by Edward Architecture explore ideas for how the space could be transformed.
We are investigating the idea of a phased, section-by-section approach. This could see smaller areas opened up at first, and then expanded over time.
Find out more about the project and the initial thinking and engagement already undertaken.Download the report (PDF) ↓
ow can I get involved?
We hope that you will support and challenge our community based proposals; and that you will help us to take the next step and assist with the production of a detailed feasibility study to underpin future fundraising. We’d love to hear from you – particularly if you have any skills that could help the project