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Leeds' Trinity Quarter springs back to life

Developer Land Securities has said work will restart on its much-delayed £590 million Trinity Quarter next month (August 2010)

The 93,000m² retail scheme in Leeds, which was set to mark the late Enric Miralles’ English debut (see below) but is now being designed by Chapman Taylor, was mothballed back in early 2009.

Demolition and early works had already begun on the site around Briggate, Commercial Street, Albion Street and Boar Lane but were put on ‘temporary’ hold by Land Securities after deciding to push back the opening until early 2013 due to the recession.

When complete, the shopping centre will house 120 retail units, anchored by giants Marks & Spencer, Bhs and Boots.

Gerald Jennings, portfolio manager at Land Securities, said Trinity Leeds was the first major retail-led project to take place since the credit crunch hit.

He said that after the company had reached its lettings threshold, the construction process of the project could go ahead.

Jennings added: ‘Our design team has also been very busy during the pause making further enhancements to the plans, including proposals for an additional roof-top restaurant situated next to Holy Trinity Church.’

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Leeds’ £650 million Trinity Quarter hits buffers

A £650 million retail scheme in Leeds, which was set to mark the late Enric Miralles’ English debut, has been mothballed for more than a year

Work has ‘temporarily’ stopped on the much-delayed Trinity Quarter, originally designed by Miralles’ practice EMBT with the Stanley Bragg Partnership (pictured right).

Once complete, the scheme will transform the area around Briggate, Commercial Street, Albion Street and Boar Lane, and will include more than 120 shops. It is currently being delivered as a redesigned version by Chapman Taylor.

Trinity Quarter Developments (TQD), a joint venture between developers Land Securities and Caddick, admitted it had put back the proposed opening of the 93,000m² mall from Easter 2011 to Christmas 2012.

Bob De Barr, development director for TQD, said: ‘Difficult decisions regarding the delivery of the scheme have had to be made in the context of the wider economy. We have thought long and hard about the best way to deliver the scheme and everything suggests that 2012 will be a more appropriate delivery date for all stakeholders.’

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Chapman Taylor will shortly submit plans for the ‘multi-million pound remodelling of Albion Street’ neighbouring the Trinity Quarter scheme.

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