Trinity Leeds - Winner of best designed shopping centre in the world award

Key Facts

Winner of the 'Best of the Best' designed shopping centre in the World award 2015

Client and owner: Land Securities

Area: The combined scheme has 93,000 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft) of retail floor space. Total Gross Leasable Area (GLA): 87,410 sq.m.

Includes: 120 shops including 60 new brands. 25% of space dedicated to food and leisure facilities. A 3,700 m2 (40,000 sq ft) four screen art-house cinema.

Cost: £185m building contract, £350m investment.

No. of floors: 3.

Completion: Construction started 2011.  Completed October 2013.

Sustainability: BREEAM Excellent.  99.5% waste recycling.
Visitor numbers: 23m per year.

Awards include: ‘Best of the Best’ Design and Innovation Award at the Global Recon VIVA ICSC Award 2015; Best Retail Real Estate Development in a City Centre MAPIC Awards 2013; Best New Developments Large at the ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards 2014; Best International Shopping Centre at the RLI Awards 2014.

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Project Info

Opened in March 2013, multi-award winning Trinity Leeds is an 817,000 sq ft shopping and leisure destination situated in the heart of the city of Leeds, in the North of England.

A first for the UK and the British Street Food movement, ‘Trinity Kitchen’ in Leeds is an innovative new take on eating out which sees some of the UK’s best street food vans lifted from the street, one floor up, into this innovative indoor food market.

The scheme, in a prime city centre site, unites three of Leeds’ busiest shopping thoroughfares around a new central space and includes the refurbishment of an existing shopping centre.

Chapman Taylor created a new design that completely modernised and integrated these shopping districts into an all year round late night venue for fashion, food and film. It is a naturally ventilated scheme composed of buildings linked by a series of open air arcaded streets and public spaces above which self-supporting glazed grid-shell rooves rise 30.5 metres above street level. The design, although contemporary, echoes the character of the original Victorian streetscape and respects the adjacent 18th-century Holy Trinity Church. The scheme consists of two parts: Trinity East, a new build development on the site of the former Trinity and Burton Arcades, and Trinity West, the redeveloped former Leeds Shopping Centre.

In addition to creating a modern shopping experience, almost 25% of space has been dedicated to food and leisure, including the creation of a rooftop dining terrace, basement cocktail bars and a 27,000 sq ft, four screen art-house cinema. Most revolutionary of all has been the creation of ‘Trinity Kitchen’, the UK’s first authentic indoor street food venue. An extensive public arts programme complements the leisure offer, with the architectural design accommodating several sculptures by renowned artists.

Obtaining the right mix of retail and leisure elements at Trinity Leeds has proved central to driving footfall and dwell-time, as well as facilitating the late night shopping and social destination elements.

The scheme, for which Chapman Taylor was both Design and Delivery architect, has proven a revolutionary project and had an extraordinary socio-economic impact on the local area. The city of Leeds has enjoyed a reported increase in overall visitor numbers of 2 million as a result of the development. Having attracted over 22 million visitors in its first year of trading, Trinity Leeds has also catapulted the city into 6th place on the UK’s hierarchy of top retail locations, as well as recently being voted one of UK's Coolest Brands for 2014/15.

Awards won

Best of the Best Design Award
Global ICSC Award 2015
Trinity Leeds wins UK Property Award
UK Property Awards 2014
Best International Shopping Centre
RLI Awards 2014
RLI Awards 2014
New Developments Large
ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards 2014
New Centre
BCSC Gold Awards 2013
Structural Awards 2013
Best Retail Real Estate Development in City Centre
MAPIC Awards 2013
Development of the Year
Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2013
Commercial Category
West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2013
Best Commercial Development
Yorkshire Property Awards 2013