The secret message hidden in the building in Leeds to celebrate the hidden river beneath Leeds city center

Two hidden messages will be incorporated into a huge new development on the outskirts of Leeds city center to celebrate the area’s rich history.

Yorkshire poet Zaffar Kunial is working on two new plays which will be built within the walls of a huge new tower block for over 400 students on Whitelock Street. The apartment block will overlook Sheepscar Beck, the river that runs along the back of the development before disappearing beneath Leeds city centre.

One of the poems will be cast into the masonry at the entrance to the building. The other will overlook the beck at the rear of the development, which pierces a two-mile passage under Leeds city centre.

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As Sheepscar Beck approaches downtown, he disappears into a culvert. The river is not seen again until it empties into the Aire, near Leeds Dock. Urban explorers from the Leeds Historical Exploration Society, however, walked this two-mile culvert, including under Leeds Bus Station.

Speaking of the poems, Kunial said: “It is an honor to find poetic words to complete this exciting new building, relating both to the work of Terry Frost and also to the geographical setting near Sheepscar Beck. Composing short poems intended for audiences that can be read over and over and shed new light on the built environment around words has been a tremendous challenge.”

The residence, currently under construction, will accommodate 411 students in studios or apartments. The building will also include a gym, an office, a cinema, a roof terrace with a garden and a rain garden.

Curator Matthew Jarratt said: “Alumno’s commitment to working with local artists and poets in their developments demonstrates their understanding that the arts are so important in creating interesting and atmospheric spaces. Working with poets such as Zaffar means the new building in Leeds will be a creative space that references local history and culture.”

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Edward L. Robinett