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Up-tools at Leeds Trinity Quarter

The development of a £650M shopping centre in Leeds, which hit the buffers in April due to the recession, could be revived after the developer said it had made “good progress” during talks with prospective tenants.

London-based developer Land Securities had mothballed the project last year due to the economic downturn, but an optimistic start to 2010 has led the developer to confirm that work could resume on the 90,000m2 site after it secured a number of lettings.

The future of the Trinity Quarter shopping centre was hanging by a thread last year after Caddick Developments pulled out of the joint venture leaving Land Securities as the sole developer.

However, the group confirmed that a debt repayment of £165.8M coupled with the new uptake in tenants has meant that work on the shopping centre, which will transform the area around Briggate, Commercial Street, Albion Street and Boar Lane, could commence once their pre-let targets had been met.

Land Securities also confirmed that it was pushing ahead with three development projects in London this year with total costs of £655M.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Trinity Street was named after the Holy Trinity church in Boar Lane. I worked on the new Trinity Street development in19??. Great in its day, Sir Jimmy Saville had his name on a plaque. Good fortune to the people who work on this new project.

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  • The new Trinity complex joins together the old Trinity and Burton Arcades. It's great they are keeping the name of Trinity, but a shame that they are railroading the name of Burton. Burton's name is so important to the history of Leeds and clothing manufacturing and tailoring history of the world. 'The Full Monty', 'Going for a Burton', etc, etc are all part of Leeds' history. After all, most of the items you will be able to purchase in this new complex will be clothes and I think that Burton's tailors, who brought us Top Shop and the like, should not be overlooked as a name.... I think it's because of word 'snobbery' and 'Trinity' sounding far better on the ears than Burton... what a shame...

    Burton (who are still around, plus):
    Dorothy Perkins
    Evans
    Miss Selfridge
    Outfit
    Topshop
    Topman
    Wallis

    All these shops/brands are synonymous with the Burton name. Leeds Loiners and workers built this worldwide shopping empire.

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