Clarence Dock’s bright new era given preview

A COLOURFUL new era is dawning for the once-troubled Clarence Dock area of Leeds city centre.

Lucy Whalley (co-ordinator for Allied London) with a section of one of the pieces in front of the horadings where the work will eventually be hung.

The owner of the site – now renamed Leeds Dock – confirmed details of a bold bid to make it a “vibrant, must-visit destination”.

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Property company Allied London is creating new public gardens along the main approach to the dock waterfront. Entertainment designed to pull in the visitors that the site has previously struggled to attract includes a street food and vintage festival on July 19 and 20.

A proposed transformation of the closed Alea casino building into state-of-the-art offices for technology, media and telecoms firms is also expected to help make the area a hive of activity day in, day out.

Construction will be masked by more than 100 metres of hoarding decorated with designs by some of the UK’s top street artists. Work on the hoardings began at the weekend,