Leeds has undergone many exciting regeneration projects in recent times, not least of which is Victoria Gate, part of the historic Victoria Quarter in the city centre. An impressive new development, Victoria Gate will bring top quality, designer brands to the centre and host the city’s first branch of John Lewis.
When built the 21st century inspired elegant retail arcade, Victoria Gate will add an additional 30 stores and restaurants to Hammerson’s retail portfolio in the city.
The detailed designs for Phase One include three main buildings:
- A flagship John Lewis store, with a striking façade drawing on Leeds’ textile heritage
- Victoria Gate Arcades, which comprises two buildings with stores, restaurants, cafes and leisure space in an elegantly designed two street arcade linking Victoria Quarter to the John Lewis store
- A multi-storey car park for up to 850 cars
The striking features of the Arcades’ buildings are the glazed roof and the bespoke prefabricated brick and terracotta cladding. Extensive thermal modelling was undertaken of the arcade to enable the space to be naturally ventilated. We have developed a design which will maintain a comfortable environment in both the winter and summer. The development will enjoy significant energy savings when compared to other arcades which are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer.
The structure of the two Victoria Gate Arcades buildings is based on a steel frame with a variety of stability structures (concrete cores, moment frames and braced bays) to suit the complexity of the scheme. Extensive co-ordination with the cladding contractor and prospective glazed roof contractor has been carried out to accommodate their requirements.
The car park benefits from an innovative bespoke cladding system. Additionally, the structure of the building needs to accommodate challenging requirements to suit the existing Lady Beck culvert and a future tram route.