Leeds City Council has announced BAM Construction will build the £55m Leeds arena.

The 13,500 capacity arena was given initial planning permission last month, with work expected to begin later this year.

Detailed plans for the design of the building are now being considered.

The arena is expected to generate £25.5m per year to the city’s economy and create up to 500 jobs for the local community.

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “I am delighted to announce BAM as the preferred construction contractor to build the Leeds Arena.

“We received huge amounts of interest from contractors and the standards of submissions were extremely high.  This shows the prestigious nature of this development and it is fantastic that we now have one of the very best contractors working on it.”

BAM Construction has been involved in a number of impressive projects including a pavilion at the Headingley Stadium in Leeds and also stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

James Wimpenny, Director of BAM in the North East, said: “This is a fabulous project for BAM to be building.

"We’ll be bringing the skills and expertise that has gone into building the stadium to host this year’s World Cup Final to the Arena, together with our local knowledge and track record in Leeds.

“We look forward to working with Leeds City Council, as we are on the prestigious and much-loved City Varieties, to make Leeds proud of this new signature building.”

The venue is expected to open in later months of 2012.

Posted on 09/04/2010