Investing in the Leeds City Region


By Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan talks about why he is supporting the Leeds City Region at MIPIM in Cannes.

Leeds is well connected. As one of only three internet gateway locations in the UK, the region is shifting to a knowledge based economy faster than anywhere else in the country. With the second largest GVA in the UK, a ready pipeline of talent from nine academic institutions, and on the route of the proposed HS2, the region is on track to become the growth engine of the Northern Powerhouse.
After a decade of economic intelligence gathering and collaborative working across the public, private and third sectors, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s vision is to unlock the region’s huge potential by attracting international investors.
ADP is joining the Leeds delegation at MIPIM this year, where potential investors can meet regional leaders and find out more about investment opportunities.
One area of investment is science and research. The International Centre for Physical Sciences (ICEPS) building designed by ADP supports the Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative by bringing industry and research together. The £96m project will provide the university with world-class research facilities at the heart of the city. The investment will further strengthen the university’s ability to attract major research funding, which will have a positive impact on economic growth.
The Leeds City Region produces more STEM graduates than any other area outside London. The ICEPS building will provide a new centre for engineering and physical sciences, where a diverse range of research disciplines can mingle. It will also bring the schools of computing, physics and engineering together, fostering innovation and inspiring new areas of research.
Leeds is positioning itself as a technology hotspot: a digital corridor, where likeminded entrepreneurs can co-locate. Working with Munroe K, ADP has also been involved in the masterplan for the White Rose Office Park, and has already delivered ‘Grade A’ office space. The next phase of work is the development of a gateway building that will provide a vibrant cluster where business, education and entrepreneurship can come together and collaborate.
To find out more about the Leeds City Region delegation click here.
Joe Morgan will be joined by Graeme Feechan and Sarah Birkby who will be representing ADP at MIPIM.



Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

Joe has been working with us since 2007. He leads our Manchester studio with director Jon Roylance. Joe is a board member with responsibility for design quality and reporting on quality management.