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Le Grand Tour de Yorkshire

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Sustainable communities are places where people want to live and work. They meet diverse needs, are sensitive to their environment, safe and inclusive. But sustainable communities need to be built, and to this end, the construction industry plays a huge part, providing homes, infrastructure, jobs or social institutions.

As the location of the Grande Departe, Yorkshire is also building a new type of community for the region, one that combines sport, tourism and media. By following the cycling route map, a new sort of neighbourhood plan, we will explore the type of communities Yorkshire had and has to offer from Roman roads to modern arenas and ask what we can learn from what went before and how we see the communities of the future.


Ian McMillan – Chair
Yorkshire poet, journalist, playwright, and broadcaster

Tom Riordan
CEO of Leeds City Council (voted the second most powerful man in Yorkshire)
Yorkshire’s Backbone – Infrastructure and how it has changed and is changing throughout the years.

Paul Oldfield
Senior Design Manager at BAM
Leeds Arena – the face of the modern construction industry

Rebecca Thompson
Superintendent of works at York Minster
Checkpoint Ripon – How Religion Built the Region

Further presentations, also following check points along the Grande Depart route, will focus on York, Bolton Abbey, Hebden Bridge and Sheffield. An event flier detailing all the check points covered can be downloaded here

Location: The National Railway Museum, York
Timing: 9am – 5pm with lunch and refreshments included
Price: Early Bird rate (until May 1st) £30, £40 there after.
There are a few student places available for £20 please email a copy of your NUS/Student Card to secure one of these.
Registration: Click here to register your place at this event.