Urban Regeneration - Case Study: Leeds Dock

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Leeds Dock (previously known as Clarence Dock and New Dock) was first developed in 1843; being fundamental to the import of coal for use by industries in Hunslet. However, the area became derelict as the coal mines were shut - and the vast majority of industrial buildings here had fallen into disrepair by the 1990s. The local unemployment rate had risen to 9.4%, and many were choosing to migrate from the area due to both the poor employment prospects and a sheer lack of local facilities. 

Hence, a need for an urban regeneration project was seen. The £250 million multi-use development began in 1996 and took place over an 11 year period. It was to involve the establishment of retail units, industry, accommodation and leisure facilities, and began with an £42.5 million investment into the transformation of an old industrial building into the Royal Armouries museum. This has proven to be a successful development, in that it now


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