Refurbishment of Well Met’s Cloth Hall Court venue in Leeds complete

Once a major trading centre for the textile industry in Leeds, between the 18th– 19th centuries, the Grade II listed Cloth Hall Court has undergone a multi-million-pound transformation into a contemporary dedicated conference venue.

Set to open in July, Cloth Hall Court will be the latest addition to Well Met’s portfolio of venues and has already received £700k worth of enquiries, according to management.

Central to the 3,750sqm development has been the desire to restore the building to its former glory; architects Sheppard Robson weaved the rich cultural heritage of the site into the fabric of Cloth Hall Court. Each conference and boardroom space takes inspiration from the building’s cloth selling heritage, and include the Tweed Suite, Bobbin Gallery and Cotton Room.

Designed to stimulate creativity and facilitate engaging meetings, Sheppard Robson has carefully considered lighting, acoustics and aesthetics. Modern, white-washed walls coupled with innovative textures and natural finishes lighten the internal spaces.

The building underwent significant renovation in the mid-1990s, a process that saw the demolishing of all the internal floors and finishes and retaining only the external façade to Quebec Street.

The reception area has been completely opened-up, providing an open plan area which leads to the Merchants Hall. This space delivers the main hospitality for visitors.

Helping to showcase the building’s historical roots, artwork supplied from five Leeds Beckett University School of Art, Architecture and Design students will be exhibited in various spaces throughout the building. The artwork will explore Cloth Hall Court’s role in the Yorkshire cloth industry as the commercial centre of Leeds’ booming textile trade.

Paul Colston

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