Revitalising consumer and social aspirations: the new force majeure in Leeds’ ever-expanding retail sector.
Blitzsteel were responsible for the design and build (including demolition and redevelopment works) of one million square feet of retail space comprising 120 flexible units over three floors, an independent cinema and rooftop restaurants.Trinity Leeds provides a ‘tapestry’ of arcades to house flagship tenants, boutique concessions and leading brands in entertainment and cuisine.
Although largely new-build, the scheme includes the refurbishment and full integration of an existing 1970s concrete-framed shopping centre. We worked on two sections simultaneously: the eastern section comprised of constructing two basement levels, three retail floors and the signature loose-fit lightweight-grid glass roof. The western section encompassed demolition works, structural alterations, facade replacement and a smaller feature roof. Both sections are linked by a two-storey bridge over one of the city’s busiest shopping thoroughfares. Internal finishes include stone flooring throughout the malls and central circulation areas, glass reinforced gypsum circular columns and an undulating ceiling. Externally, the mostly glazed facade, link bridge and landscaping combines to create a modern streetscape.
We have introduced a Leeds-centric legacy by creating a blueprint to address the socio-economic needs of the community. This project allowed us to provide apprenticeships and jobs, raise money for charity, and engage with those suffering from debilitating conditions and/or social isolation. We have also allied with educational institutions to inspire the next generation and maximise career opportunities.
A RETAIL DESTINATION THAT WILL CONTINUE TO EVOLVE AND INSPIRE
DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY (DFMA) HAS SAVED 24,500 ONSITE HOURS DURING MODULARISED MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL FITTING
COMMUNITY INITIATIVES COMMENDED BY THE UK’S DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
DELIVERED USING LAING O’ROURKE’S IN-HOUSE TEAMS: CHT, EXPANDED, VETTER AND SELECT