Squire Patton Boggs Advises Leeds City Council on British Library North Project in West Yorkshire Devolution Deal

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    Squire Patton Boggs has advised Leeds City Council and the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, on a collaboration agreement for the redevelopment of Leeds historic landmark Temple Works as the site for the British Library North. The £25 million project is part of the wider £1.8 billion West Yorkshire Devolution investment deal announced by the UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his budget speech on 11 March.

    The devolution deal, the biggest of its kind, includes a guaranteed £38 million per year for 30 years into the West Yorkshire Investment Fund, with significant freedoms to spend on local priorities, including future housing sites and a new heritage fund, which will support the creation of the new British Library North in Leeds. The deal also includes a UK government commitment to work with West Yorkshire to develop a modern mass transit system through access to a new five-year integrated transport settlement, including funding for the next stage of development of the outline business case for Leeds station redevelopment.

    A Squire Patton Boggs team, led by real estate partner Andrew Sprake, advised Leeds City Council on the collaboration agreement, which will see the historic flax mill Temple Works in Leeds developed as the additional new northern location of the British Library.

    "Our team in Leeds and London is delighted to help our client take this important project one step closer to completion", commented Andrew. "The new British Library North will not only ultimately play a significant role in the cultural, social and economic life of Yorkshire and the North, but will also be one of several long-term investment projects set to transform the region."

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