Published On: Tue, Jun 3rd, 2014 on 6:29 pm

Demolition paves way for Leeds Victoria Gate shopping centre

Leeds Victoria Gate
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Construction workers have been busy demolishing buildings to pave way for the £150m Victoria Gate shopping centre development.

Passerbys can currently see the building near the Millgarth Police Station and the Leeds City Bus Station being taken apart by a construction vehicle.

Several old buildings in the Eastgate area of Leeds are also being bulldozed to make way for the Victoria Gate scheme, which aims to deliver a retail arcade for shoppers and visitors.

The scheme, spearheaded by retail property developer Hammerson, is anchored by a flagship John Lewis store and is estimated to open by Autumn 2016.

As part of the construction process, it is estimated that 3,200 tonnes of reinforced steel will be used, which will be the equivalent weight of 1,450 Range Rover cars.

The Victoria Gate retail arcades, which will be 175 metres in length, will use more than 500,000 bricks for exterior design whilst over 1,000 glass panels will be used to create the roof of the centre before it opens.

Hammerson’s Director of Retail Development, Robin Dobson, said: “With 1,000 construction jobs on site, and up to 300 construction workers on site during peak times, this provides a welcome additional economic boost to local businesses during the construction phase.”

The Markets Car Park and westbound bus stops on Eastgate are currently closed.

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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