Celebrating the launch of our new events venue

The University has unveiled a new multi-purpose events venue – the historic Cloth Hall Court in the heart of the city.

Cloth Hall Court

Exterior of Cloth Hall Court

The Grade II listed building is steeped in history, as it was originally constructed for the trade of ‘Yorkshire Broadcloths’ – cheap yet good quality cloths, which were produced in Leeds and the surrounding areas. 

In its heyday, Cloth Hall Court housed 1,770 stalls for merchants to display their goods. It laid the foundations for the city to gain its status as a global centre for commerce and trade in textiles.

The building’s colourful story continued more recently – in 2020, it was named as one of ten ‘Nightingale Courts’ around the UK which opened to help the justice system cope with a backlog of criminal cases due to the pandemic.

Now, Cloth Hall Court has entered a new chapter, as the latest addition to the University’s event venue offering. 

The building’s historical significance has been preserved and fused with state-of-the art technical facilities to create a truly memorable events venue. 

Located on Quebec Street, just minutes from Leeds Railway station, it features nine versatile event spaces of varying sizes situated over four floors, allowing the University to offer the space to 300 delegates for in-person, virtual and hybrid events. 

Delivering on sustainability and ethical commitments

Sam Glenister-Batey, Head of Conferences and Events at the University said: “We’re thrilled to launch another exciting addition to our extensive venue portfolio. Increasingly, planners are looking to source venues that deliver on sustainability and ethical responsibility.

“Cloth Hall Court – with its prime location, and venue hire revenue directly supporting one of the UK’s leading institutions for higher education, delivers on these objectives. We’re proud to be further contributing to Leeds’ world-class offering for conferences and events.”

The University’s Conference and Events team manages a wide range of venues, and provides planning and delivery support for conferences, meetings and events. Find out more about their work here. 

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