Issue details

Grey to Green Project Tranche 1: Corn Exchange Public Realm Design Cost Report

To note the establishment of the Grey to Green work programme and the submission of a final business case to WYCA in November 2020 to secure £8.6m of match funding from the government’s Getting Building Fund. ‘Grey to Green’ is a package of four people and climate change focused infrastructure projects (footbridge, pedestrian  and cycle connectivity, green space city park and urban realm) to stimulate new regeneration and growth, whilst enhancing the climate resilience and transformation of Leeds City Centre post COVID.

The report seeks approval for expenditure of up to £1,546,655 for delivery of the first tranche of the Grey to Green scheme which comprises the creation of a new area of public realm at the Corn Exchange, linked to the wider delivery of the Connecting Leeds programme for the Corn Exchange Gateway.

The report seeks authority to enter into agreements with CX (Leeds) Limited to secure a private sector contribution to the delivery of the Corn Exchange public realm scheme.

To note that further reports will be submitted to Executive Board regarding approvals for the remaining Grey to Green tranches/projects.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: Hunslet and Riverside;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/01/2021

Decision due: 10 Feb 2021 by Executive Board

Lead director: Director of City Development

Department: City Development

Contact: Miriam Browne, Project Officer 0113 378 5961 Email:

Consultation process

Internal and external consultation and engagement


City Development Directorate Management Team, Executive Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainable Development, Ward Members, Executive Board, public and other key stakeholder consultation and engagement via Our Spaces Strategy engagement, Southbank Regeneration Framework consultation and Connecting Leeds consultation.

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainable Development


  • The report to be issued to the decision maker with the agenda for the meeting