Community Engagement at Leeds Kirkstall Festival

Kirkstall Festival

Community Engagement at Leeds Kirkstall Festival

Thousands of locals enjoyed a day in the sunshine at the 35th Kirkstall Festival on Saturday 11th July 2015. Visitors flocked to the annual community and family event, which is held amongst the ancient ruins of Kirkstall Abbey and attracted an estimated 25,000 people.

To allow for community engagement and to publicise the upcoming job opportunities Kirkstall Bridge will provide at occupation, LondonMetric had a dedicated marquee at the Festival with members of the Project Team on hand to answer questions from the public.

Display boards informed locals of the tenants currently signed up to the scheme, the history behind the new clock feature as well as the sustainable considerations given throughout the construction phase. Timelapse footage, displayed in the marquee, showed the construction work in action and progress made onsite. Locals were made aware of the employment and training opportunities Kirkstall Bridge has provided during construction in collaboration with Renew, the local regeneration charity, as well as through the local Leeds-based contractor Caddick Construction, to meet the scheme’s Employment and Skills targets.

To bring some extra fun to the day, the team were joined by Leeds Rugby Rhino players, Kallum Watkins and Robbie Ward, due to the teams links with Caddick Construction. Kallum and Robbie kindly signed mini rugby balls and posed for photos and helium balloons were handed out for children to enjoy. LondonMetric once again sponsored the Bowling Green Stage, which played host to the popular Battle of the Bands competition.

The response the team received was hugely encouraging, with locals keen to know more about this exciting new retail and leisure destination. We are delighted to be the Client Project and Tenant Liaison Managers on this scheme and to be able to partake in such an enjoyable community event. Our thanks go to John Liversedge, Chair of the Community Association and Festival Committee, and all the Festivals volunteers, for organising such a fun and positive day.

A shopping destination such as Kirkstall Bridge will bring a significant increase in employment compared with the previous scheme. The public are now able to register for retail job alerts through the schemes website:

All the construction opportunities on Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park have been filled, however if you are interested in opportunities in construction in the Leeds area, please visit Renew’s website:

For more information regarding Kirkstall Festival, please visit their website:

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