Proposals for a one million sq ft shopping destination in the prime retail core of Leeds have taken a major step forward.

Landmark Retail Development for Leeds Takes a Major Step Forward

Land Securities, owners of Leeds Shopping Plaza and Caddick Developments Ltd., owners of the neighbouring Trinity Quarter, have formed a joint venture to create Trinity Leeds, the first regional shopping destination in the city centre.

Located on the prime pitches of Briggate and Commercial Street, the scheme, with an estimated completion value of up to £650 million, will involve implementation of the existing planning consent for development of the former Burton Arcade together with redevelopment and remodelling of Leeds Shopping Plaza, to provide a fully integrated centre, running from Briggate to City Square and incorporating Albion Street. 

An outstanding feature of the new scheme will be a dramatic glass roof designed by the internationally-renowned Spanish architect Enric Miralles, that will provide the cover for a stylish new café quarter. Land Securities’ Portfolio Director Gerald Jennings, said: “With its prime city centre location and close proximity to rail and bus services, this development
will further enhance Leeds’ reputation as one of the UK’s leading retail destinations.”

He added: “We have held extensive discussions with Caddick Developments and following the signing of the joint venture agreement we are looking forward to working with them to deliver a top quality scheme that will provide a contemporary, vibrant and enjoyable shopping environment, while satisfying the demand from retailers – both existing and new to Leeds – for large, modern retail units.”

Work on the arcade site, where planning permission has been granted, is due to start later this year and, following talks with Leeds City Council, the newlyformed partnership will commence preparatory work on a planning application for the other elements of the scheme. The completed centre is scheduled to open in 2010.

Caddick Developments Director Johnny Caddick, said: “By combining resources with Land Securities, we will create a landmark development at this key location that is on a par with Europe’s top shopping destinations.” He added: “While acting as a draw for the 2.2 million people that live within 30 minutes’ drive time of Leeds, it will also serve the increasing number of city dwellers and cater for a working population that includes 125,000 office workers.” 

The scheme will include stunning new entrances on Briggate and Commercial Street and many of the units will have the extra height frontages and larger format layouts that are currently in short supply in the city centre. 

Councillor Andrew Carter, Leeds City Council Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Regeneration and Development, has welcomed the proposals. He said: “The council promoted a Compulsory Purchase Order to enable the
comprehensive redevelopment of the Burton Arcade and this, with the Leeds Shopping Plaza, will bring forward a major shopping facility for the city at what is an exceptionally important part of the city centre.”