Moving A Step Closer

Trinity Leeds to take city up a leage

Delivery of Leeds city centre’s first one million square foot shopping destination has moved a step closer, with hoardings going up ahead of the start of work on site. The landmark development, located on the prime pitch of Briggate and Commercial Street, will create a new retail gateway for the city. It is being delivered through a joint venture between Land Securities and Caddick Developments – both of which have a strong presence in Leeds.

Lester Hampson, director for the development, said: “Trinity Leeds will not only bring the transformation of this area through creation of a vibrant new shopping and leisure environment, but it will enable the city to achieve its ambition of going up a league.” He added: “The scheme, will include more than 120 units configured to meet the needs of our existing tenants and new entrants that want to be part of Leeds’ continuing success story.”

John Bywater, managing director of Caddick Developments, said: “During my time as managing director of Hammerson UK, I worked closely with Land Securities on the Bullring scheme which has transformed Birmingham and I believe that Trinity will do exactly the same for Leeds.” He added: “With Leeds second only to London in terms of demand from retailers for space, there is scope for the city to climb even higher up the league table of top retail destinations and put itself firmly on the international map, with major UK and European brands trading alongside each other to bring a London-type shopping experience to the heart of Leeds.”

The Trinity Leeds scheme involves implementation of the existing planning consent for development of the former Trinity and Burton arcades, together with redevelopment and remodelling of Leeds Shopping Plaza. This will provide a fully integrated centre with four mall levels, running from Briggate to City Square and incorporating Albion Street. The new entrances being created will improve access and pedestrian flow, while giving better connectivity to other parts of the city.

Lester Hampson, pointed out: “Because of its prime city centre location, with close proximity to rail and bus services, our aim is to deliver a high quality scheme that makes a statement for Leeds, while being sustainable development that incorporates leading edge technology and the latest thinking in areas such as use of natural light and emissions reduction.” With hoardings going up around areas of the site, demolition work on the Burton and Trinity Arcades will begin next month starting from the Boar Lane section of the site.

For public safety during all demolition and construction phases of the development there will be no public access through the Trinity and Burton arcades area, but the hoardings will be configured to provide temporary fire escape to the TopShop and M&S stores and access into the Wilkinsons store off the Albion Street ramp. Access to Holy Trinity Church will also be maintained at all times, as will access to Whitelocks pub.

Leeds to take city up a league picture