A secret garden is opening in Leeds on an abandoned viaduct and it’s as wide as Briggate. Starting near Wellington Place it leads to the upcoming development, The Junction.
Nestled on top of an old railway viaduct in Leeds city centre, a secret garden is starting to take shape. The urban park is the perfect place to while away the hours.
The formerly disused rail track will be transformed with a lift and stairs along the existing wall of the viaduct which will provide public access to the top and create an elevated urban park.
Monk Bridge viaduct was built back in 1846 as part of the new railway network in the Wellington Street area and carried high-level lines to the station.
The viaduct went out of use in 1967 when the Central Station closed and was partially demolished in the 1980s and blocked off – so it’s great to see the area of heritage brought back to life in given a new purpose.
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The grade two-listed Monk Bridge viaduct was built in 1846 as part of the new railway network being constructed in the Wellington Street area of Leeds.
It’s now open for pedestrians for the first time in 40 years and has been transformed into a magical garden, which offers fantastic views over the River Aire and the Leeds Liverpool canal
There are plans for the 20 arches, which include new bars and restaurants linked to the park by a glazed atrium – with the design for this in line with guidance from Heritage England and the Victorian Society.