Hammerson, which last September bought the Grade II listed Victoria Quarter in Leeds anchored by Harvey Nichols, and home to brands such as Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, is proposing a new development in Leeds which it is calling Victoria Gate, linking to Victoria Quarter. The plans are unveiled today for consultation.
The Victoria Gate site extends over more than 17 acres - with 1.1m sq ft of retail and leisure space. If the final plans are approved, construction is expected to start in spring of next year.
Hammerson appointed ACME as the architects for the scheme. They have designed a two street glass roofed arcade using a mixture of white terracotta and red bricks to complement the striking diamond latticed roof.
Previously the concept had been called Eastgate Quarters, but Hammerson wants to leverage the Victoria Quarter brand, as the £120 million development will be anchored by John Lewis and will, in total, accommodate around 110,000sq m of retail and leisure space.
The second phase will include additional 30 retail units, leisure space, restaurants with a food court, additional parking spaces and a low carbon energy centre.
Coming hard on the heels of Land Securities recent opening of it's Trinity Leeds development, if this goes ahead it will cement Leeds in place as the premier Yorkshire retail destination, which does not bode well for Bradford or Sheffield.