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Acme wins permission for huge Leeds shopping scheme

Acme has won detailed planning for its £130million Victoria Gate retail-led development in Leeds.

The scheme for Hammerson features a 24,000m² flagship John Lewis store,  an arcade block and a car park for more than 800 cars.

Outline planning consent was won in July 2011 for the huge city centre project. Included in the development’s £130 million first phase are applications for an arcade block and a car park.

The practice won the detailed design work following a competition in March this year (AJ 01.03.2013).

Hammerson’s director of retail development, Robin Dobson, said: ‘This is a major next step towards getting construction underway in the spring. We are 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.’

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The architect’s view

‘The practice won the competition of a new John Lewis store in 2008, but the scheme was put on hold at the end of that year. ACME won a new contest for a masterplan in 2010 and achieved planning consent two years later. In 2012, ACME then won the competition for a new five-storey John Lewis store, along with the competition for the adjoining arcades and car park. These distinct projects make up the Victoria Gate masterplan in Leeds.

Car park

Car park



‘The design of the Victoria Quarter Arcades is based on twin two-storey curving arcades with a shifting roofscape, consisting of two linear routes and special moments of ornate geometry or great height at either end, where the two arcades are entered and conjoin. Externally, the scheme is seen as a single urban block broken by the arcades’ entrance. It has a single façade that takes inspiration from the highly decorative and three-dimensional façades of some of the city’s Victorian Quarters, consisting predominantly of a pleated brick which changes in rhythm and scale to respond to the immediate context.

‘A second material emerges within the façade at corners and entrances, terracotta to the south and stone to the north break the overall massing. The project will explore both these materials, as well as brick, creating patterns that work on multiple scales, changing perceptions from close and afar.

The façade will be fabricated off-site

‘The John Lewis store also acts as a reflection of Leeds’ history and context. Ornamental panels of terracotta will be produced by CAD/CAM equipment based on existing patterns found in the city’s famous County Arcade. The façade will be fabricated off-site and transported, maximising quality and minimising waste.

‘A significant number of different ways of cladding the Victoria Gate Car Park were considered to allow for natural ventilation and create an interesting façade deliverable within the budget constraints. The proposed anodised aluminium twisted fins give a sculptural façade that has been manipulated in order to create a visual effect relating to the John Lewis façade language.’

Previous story (AJ 19.07.2013)

Kerching! Acme submits plans for new John Lewis store

Acme has submitted detailed plans for this John Lewis store in Leeds, part of Hammerson’s wider Victoria Gate retail-led scheme – formerly the Eastgate Quarters

Outline planning consent was won in July 2011 for the huge city centre project. Included in the development’s £130 million first phase are applications for an arcade block and a car park.

The practice won the detailed design work following a competition in March this year (AJ 01.03.2013).

The London-based practice has already worked on the wider masterplan for the £590 million Hammerson-backed project and in July 2011 won planning for a revised outline scheme - replacing a larger proposal drawn up by Farrells in 2006 (see below).

The application is expected to go before Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel in the autumn with work scheduled to start in spring 2014.

Victoria Gate’s Project Director, Joe Swindells, said: ‘We are confident that we have developed the best possible scheme to help put Leeds on the map as one of the UK’s top retail destinations.’

 

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