The £350m development of the Trinity Leeds shopping centre marks the first major retail development since the UK economy slump and has provided jobs for the construction sector and future jobs for the retail sector helping to regenerate the heart of Leeds. Trinity Leeds will transform the shopping zone around Briggate, Commercial Street, Albion Street and Boar Lane and will occupy a prime position connected to the city’s office quarter and main transportation links.
The major challenge is unifying the two sites of the original shopping centre positioned on either side of the Albion Road. The east side that was made of disparate sized units and buildings has been largely demolished to enable new construction to take place. The west side is where the Buro Happold team has concentrated on a refurbishment programme that started in December 2010 and is taking place while the shopping centre remains open for business. Increasing public access and consumer footfall are key requirements.
We have taken a phased construction approach coordinating our activities with tenancy changes and vacant tenancies. A community liaison officer ensures community members and other stakeholders are kept informed of our onsite activity to minimise the disruption to neighbouring business.
Refurbishment is focused on reducing the number and scale of the smaller units in the west side to create major shopping units that reflect the requirements of leading retail store brands. Our team is focused on aligning the refurbishment of the west side with the new build of the east. To improve access and footfall we are creating a link bridge across the Albion road.
The Buro Happold team undertook a successful refurbishment of the shopping centre's concrete frame in the 1990s and have brought this knowledge and understanding to the modernising programme.
- Creating 750,000 sq. ft of new retail space attracting major retail brands to the commercial heart of Leeds
- Second refurb of a 1970s concrete frame shopping centre combined with new build and aligning two separate sites
- Over 120 modern, flexible units ranging from 100 to 100,000 sq.ft
- Creating up to 3,000 retail jobs