The £130m Victoria Gate retail development in Leeds, UK, has received planning approval from Leeds City Council.
Replacing the Eastgate Quarters, the 37,000m² phase one of the Victoria Gate development will house 30 retailers and will anchor a 24,000m² flagship John Lewis store featuring a façade that draws on Leeds’ proud textile heritage..
The John Lewis store will also link to the existing Victoria Quarter in a two street arcade and include a multi-storey car park for more than 800 cars.
Hammerson director of Retail DevelopmentRobin Dobsonsaid the decision from Leeds City Council’s plans panel is a major next step towards getting construction underway in the spring.
"Hammerson is fully committed to creating a retail development that will not only reaffirm Leeds’ status as a top retail destination for luxury and aspirational brands in the UK but will also add value to Leeds’ local economy and community," Dobson said.
Leeds City Council executive member for the economy and development Councillor Richard Lewis said the scheme will help regenerate that area of the city centre and will complement the Victoria Quarter and new Trinity Leeds to further enhance the retail offer in the city.
"Victoria Gate will also mean the creation of hundreds of new jobs to help local people and I look forward to seeing work get underway on site in the coming months to bring this development to reality," Lewis said.
After receiving outline-planning approval for the Victoria Gate development in July 2011, Hammerson submitted detailed designs to the council in July 2013.
The Victoria Gate development is expected to create 2,700 construction employment opportunities and 1,500 retail and hospitality jobs.
Construction work on the retail project start will start in early 2014 in time for the opening n late 2016.
Image: The Victoria Gate development will feature a 24,000m² flagship John Lewis store with a façade featuring Leeds’ textile heritage. Photo: Courtesy of Victoria Gate.