View of Leeds Polytechnic's School of Landscape Architecture, situated on the Brunswick site off Merrion Way. Leeds Polytechnic was formed in January 1970 through an amalgamation of Leeds College of Technology, Leeds College of Commerce, part of Leeds College of Art and the Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics. It was run by the local education authority until becoming an Independant Higher Education Corporation in 1989. In 1992 it was granted University status and became Leeds Metropolitan University. The Brunswick site was demolished in 2009 and is now (2012) in the process of being developed as the new Leeds Arena.