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Procurement and commercial advice for the delivery of Leeds Arena

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The Challenge

Cushman & Wakefield was commissioned as part of a multidisciplinary team with PMP and Arup to develop and implement an OJEU competition to deliver a world class 12,500 seat arena operator for Leeds. The client requested:

  • Advice on property and commercial matters concerning the procurement of a new arena of Leeds.
  • Site identification and appraisal
  • Commercial advice to support the business case

The Solution

The project involved two Competitive Dialogue competitions; one to select an operator for the new arena and one to select a developer and site for the new facility. The latter competition did not result in a solution that met LCC’s value for money criteria and the decision was subsequently made to procure the new arena on a capital-build basis.

The Results

Cushman & Wakefield helped the Council identify a delivery vehicle for the new arena based on a publicly funded model once it became clear that the market-led approach was unaffordable as a result of the credit crunch.

  • Developed and managed OJEU competition
  • SMG selected as preferred Operator
  • Commercial advice provided to support business case
  • Site identification for the arena – Claypit Lane.


Andrew TC Smith

Andrew TC Smith,
Head of Public Sector Advisory,
Senior Director
+44 (0)113 233 7306



Javid Patel, Associate Director
+44 (0)113 233 7304



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