About Victoria Gate
Victoria Gate is an exciting addition to the vibrant shopping scene in Leeds. Delivering John Lewis’s first store in the city, the first phase will capture the heritage of the Victoria Quarter and offer a range of high quality and designer brands.
The detailed designs for phase one include three main buildings:
- A flagship John Lewis store, with a striking facade drawing on Leeds’ textile heritage
- Victoria Gate arcade, 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 800 cars
Alongside regenerating the physical space, the first phase will also deliver up to 1,000 retail and hospitality jobs and 1,000 construction employment opportunities.
Victoria Gate will in total accommodate around 42,000m² of retail and leisure space. The second phase will include additional retail for major high street brands, leisure space, restaurants and a food court, additional parking spaces and a Low Carbon Energy Centre.
- To create a 21st century elegant retail arcade which adds to Leeds’ rich arcade history
- To deliver a building which complements the architecture of the Victoria Quarter, John Lewis store and Eastgate
- One of Leeds’ outstanding features is the spectacular group of shopping arcades built at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century
- What makes shopping arcades iconic and unforgettable are the incredible attention and special features including:
- The rich texture and contrasting materials from commercial and retail buildings in Leeds
- Striking features on the corner facdes of neighbouring buildings
- Taking inspiration from the architectural character of the Bloomfield buildings
- A twin arcade with retail for luxury and aspirational brands at ground level connecting the existing retail within the Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane and Harewood Street to the John Lewis store
- At the upper level restaurants and space for additional leisure uses
- An ornamental roof with feature lighting throughout each arcade
- Shop fronts with a glazed black ceramic, consistent with the classic design of the Victoria Quarter
- Decorative flooring within the arcade
- The designs use a mixture of white terracotta and red bricks emulating the architecture of Leeds’ historic buildings
- White terracotta is used for the plinths which frame the shop fronts on Eastgate and George Street
- Red clay bricks at the upper levels produce a three dimensional facade through angled brick panels