Leeds Corn Exchange: New Accessible Entrance Welcomes Visitors

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Last week, we revealed the brand new entrance to Leeds Corn Exchange.

Accessibility has been a crucial focus for the building works, which have included designing visual elements, space for creative interventions and a refurbishment of the toilets.

Adam Warner, Centre Manager at Leeds Corn Exchange says: “The opening of the new accessible entrance at the front of Leeds Corn Exchange is a major moment for us. For the first time in its 170 year history, the building is fully accessible through the main entrance; something which the whole team behind the recent works programme can be immensely proud of. Old meets new as the sloping ramp blends in seamlessly with the old steps. Thanks to Leeds-based property developers Rushbond, the architects, Seven, the stonemasons, Bullen’s, and Dobson Construction for their work in achieving this goal.”


Work on the new ramp began in September; architects, stonemasons and contractors were tasked with creating an accessible, beautiful design that would integrate seamlessly with the historic location. Upon reaching the entranceway, visitors are welcomed into the space by our new contemporary light and sound installation, which uses gathered field recordings and combines them with a palette of animated light and colour.


A home for creativity and innovation, Leeds Corn Exchange is a building that welcomes, and can now be accessed, by all.

Jennifer Lee O'Brien