Brand new campus brings boost to Leeds' supply chain | Wates

Brand new campus brings boost to Leeds’ supply chain

Leeds City College’s new Quarry Hill Campus has become a catalyst to construction industry growth in the city with Wates Construction having awarded over £10m of project contracts to local businesses.

Wates began construction work at the Eastgate-based campus in July 2017 and has so far awarded £10.2m of sub-contracts to suppliers in Leeds, with a further £6.5m of contracts delivered by suppliers and subcontractors from the wider West Yorkshire county.

Leeds-based businesses that have supported the delivery of the new Quarry Hill campus include Howard Civil Engineering, Sparta Systems, Planet Partitions and Metallic Fabrications*.

The announcement comes as Wates enters the final phase of construction at the brand new £57m campus, which will be home to Leeds City College’s School of Creative Arts and School of Health, Care and Public Services. The new campus is set to open to students in September.

Wates has also used its presence on site to support some of society’s most vulnerable people by engaging with local social enterprises (SE). This commitment has seen Wates spend £60k with local SEs, including Community Wood Recycling, Recycling Lives and construction training support provider, Enable Futures.

On-site training and educational engagement programmes have also formed a significant part of Wates’ work at Quarry Hill, including site visits for students from Leeds Beckett University and Keighley College. In addition, the team have been involved in seven career workshops and have been joined on site by eight work placement students and 11 apprentices.

Leeds City College’s new Quarry Hill Campus is an important development for the city; it will enrich Leeds’ excellent educational offer and provide state-of-the-art facilities at the heart of the cultural quarter.


“As a main contractor that has a long-established presence in Yorkshire, we are always keen to work with local supply chain partners to ensure project budgets are reinvested into the local economy. This was a huge focus for the project team at the new Quarry Hill campus; the project has such local significance, it was incredibly important to put local businesses at the centre of its creation.”


Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director of Wates Construction North


This new facility represents a major investment in education and skills in the Leeds City Region and is an important milestone in the history of Leeds City College. Our project has benefited from £33.4m funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal, delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and it is only right that local firms and employees see the benefits of the trust that has been placed in our plans.”


“Working alongside project partners and stakeholders, such as Leeds City Council, has allowed us to all take great pride in a project that will help create an inspiring learning environment, whilst regenerating this part of the city. All our contractors have worked incredibly hard to get us to this point. We’re now in the final stages of creating this world-class educational facility, that will benefit students for generations to come.”


Michael Diaz, Director of Capital Projects at Leeds City College


*Full list includes:
Howard Civil Engineering
Sparta Systems
Planet Partitions
Metallic Fabrications
Wharfedale Decorations
Fresco Flooring
4D Creations
Servo Security