In Leeds, Mixed-Use Regeneration, Retail & Town Centres

On behalf of Tri7 & Fusion Group, DPP has submitted a full application for the demolition of The Core Shopping Centre, in Leeds and its redevelopment to provide new ground floor retail floorspace with purpose-built student accommodation above, to be known as Garnet Exchange. 

The centre has suffered for a number of years from a poor internal layout alongside several long-term vacancies, and the site presents an opportunity for regeneration and re-invigoration of retail provision in this part of the city centre, whilst providing state of the art accommodation in the heart of the city for the growing student population. The scheme, designed by Corstophine & Wright, includes the demolition of the existing building and the erection of a mixed-use, eight-storey development across three buildings which will comprise retail units on the Headrow and Lands Lane frontages. 

Garnet Exchange references the historic Red Hall that was originally on the site and was also the first red brick building constructed in Leeds. The scheme re-introduces the historic street pattern in this part of the city, with two new east-west streets named Victoria Arcade and King Charles Croft, linking Lands Lane with King Charles Street  

The project team have worked closely with Leeds City Council to ensure that careful consideration of the city’s history has been reflected within the design proposals, and DPP are proud to be leading on the planning process for this scheme for this great new asset to the city. We are looking forward to completing the planning journey later this year. 

Michelle Davies, Director at DPP, said:  

This is a transformational scheme to re-energise a key site in Leeds City Centre’s prime retail area and will provide a high-quality development which will create a new City Centre community, as well as new well-designed active and vibrant frontages at street level. The scheme sits squarely with the Government’s stated long term plan to support the evolution of high streets into thriving places to work, visit and live.

Images: Corstorphine & Wright Architects

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