Sunday, May 08, 2011

Leeds waterfront comes back to life

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is the centrepiece of an award winning new regeneration project in the centre of Leeds.

If you are looking for a city centre canalside home or just want to visit and learn about the canal's vital role in Yorkshires industrial past visit Granary Wharf in Leeds on 14th May for a free ‘May mooring’ event. 

Granary Wharf was once an industrial centre for Leeds and was vital for Yorkshire industries' global exports but it is now becoming known for its growing community of pubs and restaurants and the architecture of its residential buildings. 
Free two hour boat trip
On 14th May visitors can view the city from the water on a special free cruise aboard the Kirkstall Fly Boat that will set sail from Granary Wharf at 3:30pm and return at 5:30pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential email: to book a place.
BW info point
British Waterways will have an information point for the day in Unit 1, Granary Wharf where volunteers will be on hand  between noon and  5pm with leaflets and advice about waterside walks, wildlife and leisure activities wildlife which flourish around the Leeds & Liverpool canal and River Aire.
Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society
Mike Clarke, president of the Leeds Liverpool Canal Society, will give a talk from 1 – 2pm in Arch Z about the history of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the important role the waterways have played in the growth of the city of Leeds past and present.
Free visitor moorings
Granary Wharf is offering boaters two nights free mooring between  the 1st and 31st May with a full range of free boating facilities available on the ground floor of the residential Candle House building including a water point, showers and waste disposal area.
For more information visit
Property buying
If you are considering buying a new property at Granary Wharf you can take a tour of the two residential buildings; the copper-clad stepped design Waterman’s Place which is already two-thirds sold and the cylindrical Candle House where you can take in the stunning 360 degree panoramic views of Leeds from the highest residential garden in the city 75 metres above the ground on the twenty-first floor of Candle House. Potential buyers can visit the sales office between 10am and 4pm — and ISIS will give information on its current shared equity scheme ‘Loan2Own’ which allows buyers to purchase a property with just 5% cash deposit — and is offering £1,000 of sales incentives for anyone who makes a reservation on the day 

Fact File:
ISIS:   A waterside regeneration company formed in October 2002 by British Waterays with MUSE Developments and Igloo.  The company supports regeneration across the UK and its schemes have a total values in the region of  £1 billion. 50% of ISIS profits are reinvested in Britain’s waterways. 
For more information visit:

Mike Clarke:  Founder and President of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society. He also edits the society's newsletter ‘Clogs and Gansey’.

Kirkstall Flyboat: A purpose built passenger restaurant boat which is licensed to carry up to fifty passengers, it operates from the Leeds Canal Basin at Granary Wharf.

Granary Wharf Sales Office: Arch U, Granary Wharf, Dark Neville Street, Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4BR. 
The marketing suite at Granary Wharf is open from Monday – Friday: 10am -5pm, Saturday: 10am – 4pm and Sunday: 12pm - 4pm.
For more information visit:  or call 0113 243 4323

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