Trinity Leeds

31 March 2013 – 8:28 pm


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To rounds of applause and media fanfare the new Trinity Leeds complex opened at the end of quarter one. Offering 1 million square feet of retail space, it is Western Europe’s largest retail launch this year. Developed and owned by Land Securities, it takes various arcades, such as the Burton, and what were previously shopping and connecting streets.

The development pulls these elements together simultaneously under the Trinity Leeds umbrella. The mishmash of angles, levels and materials works. It has an open feeling, and looks traditional with a modern twist. The terrace gardens up above and outside the covered complex add another element of natural environment and inspiration.

Trinity Leeds is a development for 2013 and it communicates its intention clearly. Unlike the previous attempts at city centre next generation retail, where soulless stuffy centres close at 6pm, Trinity Leeds does an excellent job of bringing the outside in. Mixing the old and new. Giving shelter from the elements with the sensation of an old world shopping street, while managing to incorporate the historic church seamlessly and in character, amongst the sweeping glass canopy and girder design.

The centre is an excellent creation and it works in all regards. Looking stylish and functioning as an appealing entertainment space. The development overrides the negative connotations of the 1970s and 80s shopping centre urban monstrosity. Trinity Leeds has successfully melded traditional Victorian Leeds with the 21st Century.



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