A shopping centre isn’t where you would usually find Brewster Bye Architects. However, on a bright Tuesday morning in October, 12 members of the BBA team were invited by our close partners, Leeds Building Control to visit Victoria Gate, a benchmark retail development which is currently under construction.
Located in the well established shopping destination, Victoria Quarter, the development will deliver;
– A flagship John Lewis store, with a striking facade drawing on Leeds’ textile heritage.
– Victoria Gate arcade, with stores, restaurants, cafes and leisure space in an elegantly designed two street arcade linking Victoria Quarter to the John Lewis store.
– A multi-storey car park for up to 800 cars
We were hosted by Sir Robert McAlpine, the contractor acting on behalf of Hammersons, a retail led developer who boast a property portfolio value of £7.9bn.
It was immediately clear to see that Hammersons are working hard to capture the successful essence of Victoria Quarter in providing an environment for luxury retailers and that Victoria Gate will be and exciting addition to the vibrant shopping scene in Leeds.
Alongside regenerating the physical space, the first phase will also deliver up to 1,000 retail and hospitality jobs and 1,000 construction employment opportunities. All of which is extremely positive news for all industry sectors involved.
Victoria Gate will in total accommodate around 42,000m² of retail and leisure space. The second phase will include additional retail for major high street brands, leisure space, restaurants and a food court, additional parking spaces and a Low Carbon Energy Centre.
The trip was extremely insightful for our team having provided a snapshot of the current development trends in the city centre and showcasing signs of positive investment in Yorkshire.We very much look forward to seeing Victoria Gate when it opens for business in Autumn 2016.