McAlpine to build £150m Victoria Gate development


McAlpine to build £150m Victoria Gate development


Last year Sir Robert McAlpine beat its rivals, Laing O’Rourke and Vinci, for the first phase of the Leeds retail development scheme.


The first phase of the scheme includes a 21,000 m² John Lewis store, retail arcade with 30 stores, restaurants and cafes.


Additionally, the firm will also build a multi-storey car park for up to 800 cars, design with twisted fins to create an illusion of a woven fabric, which is meant to highlight Leeds’ textile heritage.


The entire £600m Victoria Gate scheme will create about 1.2m sq ft of retail and leisure space.


According to the estimates, throughout the two construction phases 6,000 construction workers will be employed.


The second phase involves additional retail for major high street brands, leisure space, restaurants and a food court.


Initial enabling works on the site for phase 1 of the scheme have begun with main construction expected to start in the spring of this year.


The first phase of the regeneration scheme will create up to 1,000 construction jobs.


For those individuals interested in training opportunities and more information about available jobs in building, a careers fair will be held in early April.


Vinod Thakrar, Hammerson director for project management, said: “With a strong track record of delivering schemes on time and to a high build quality, we delighted to add Sir Robert McAlpine to the Victoria Gate team.”  


Richard McAlpine, of Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this prestigious project. We have an established track record of working with Hammerson on outstanding retail-led developments and look forward to building on our relationship as we work together to deliver this exciting new project.”


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